British parents reunite with ill son at hospital

Madrid - The British parents who were pursued by police for taking their critically ill son out of a UK hospital for treatment abroad reunited with the child Wednesday after they were released from a Spanish prison.

A hospital spokeswoman said Brett and Naghmeh King visited their 5-year-old son Ashya at the Children's and Maternity Hospital in Malaga, but local authorities had received notification from British officials that the parents should not be allowed to take the boy away.

A British judge has made the child a ward of court, said the spokesperson, who spoke on condition of anonymity because hospital rules bar her from being named.

The parents were sought by police on child cruelty charges after they took Ashya, who has been treated for a brain tumour, out of a British hospital against doctors' advice. They then travelled to Spain where they planned to sell a property to pay for proton beam radiation therapy in the Czech Republic or the United States.

They were arrested on Saturday and were being held in a prison near Madrid pending a British extradition request, but were released after UK authorities dropped the charges against them.

Their ordeal has generated a heated debate over whether authorities acted appropriately in chasing the parents through Europe.

The boy had a brain tumour removed and needs treatment to prevent it from returning.

Brett King told reporters in the Spanish city of Seville earlier on Wednesday that everything he and his wife did for their son was for the boy's own good.

"We just want to help our son get through this bad time, because he hasn't got too many months to live," King said.

The British doctors have previously said Ashya's chances of survival were between 70% and 80% with standard radiotherapy.

King criticized his son's medical care in southern England at Southampton General Hospital, saying "they were going to kill him in England or turn him into a vegetable."

He did not say what his immediate treatment plans are for the child.

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Sarah Stanton 2014/09/03 07:00:51 PM
About time. This was nothing more than the the parents being bullied in the extreme. They were seeking a viable (not mumbo jumbo proven medical treatment for their child. They were selling assets, so they could pay for it themselves, as the hospital refused the treatment due to cost. That said, the parents took their child, then they were arrested, and the child has spent the last 96 hours sick and separated from his parents - Just because they exercised their right to find a different hospital. Madness. What a waste of precious time.
Holly 2014/09/03 07:07:55 PM
Nanny state gone beserk!
Kaleidoscope 2014/09/03 09:10:48 PM
All this media about a boy who was with his own parents! Yet, never anything about abducted or lost children- why?