Desperate international search to find Ashya King, 5, after his parents took him from hospital and fled country

Time is running out for Ashya, warn police

Time is running out for Ashya, warn police

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''Time is running out'' for a seriously ill five-year-old boy with a brain tumour who was taken without consent from hospital by his parents, police have warned.

At a press conference today, officers leading the search for little Ashya King revealed the battery on his feeding system will run out imminently.

The youngster was being treated at Southampton General Hospital following an operation last week.

But yesterday afternoon his father Brett King was seen on CCTV cameras wheeling him out of the hospital in Tremona Road - without the consent of doctors.

The images were captured around 2pm - but the hospital failed to raise the alarm to police until 8.35pm.

Why that happened is now something that needs to be looked in to according to Assistant Chief Constable Chris Shead, who said the primary focus was to find Ashya and get him urgent medical treatment.

As reported earlier today, police know that Ashya's parents Brett King, 51, and Naghemeh King, 45, left the country via Portsmouth ferry terminal at 4pm yesterday, along with their other six children.

Assistant Chief Constable Chris Shead said: ''It is vital that we find Ashya today. His health will deteriorate rapidly.''

He added: ''Ashya is in a wheelchair and is fed through a tube. The feeding system is battery operated and that battery will run out today.

''Time is running out for this little boy. We need to find him and we need to find him urgently.''

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1:51pm Fri 29 Aug 14

IronLady2010 says...

I hope Mum and Dad do the right thing and take this poorly boy to the nearest hospital soon.

If this poorly boy dies they will likely be charged and all will suffer.

Do the right thing Mum and Dad.

Best wishes, I hope you find the courage to do the right thing. xxxxxx
I hope Mum and Dad do the right thing and take this poorly boy to the nearest hospital soon. If this poorly boy dies they will likely be charged and all will suffer. Do the right thing Mum and Dad. Best wishes, I hope you find the courage to do the right thing. xxxxxx IronLady2010
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2:36pm Fri 29 Aug 14

forest hump says...

As much as I agree with your sentiments, I suspect there is more to this story that meets the eye. However, as I do not have any meaningful info it is probably best not to comment. I would say however that previous reports that said the child was "snatched" and even "abducted" are examples of pathetic, sensationalistic journalism. Why does the gutter press always have to exaggerate issues out of all proportion? Another prime example of "why let the truth get in the way of a good story?" Shame on the gutter media.
As much as I agree with your sentiments, I suspect there is more to this story that meets the eye. However, as I do not have any meaningful info it is probably best not to comment. I would say however that previous reports that said the child was "snatched" and even "abducted" are examples of pathetic, sensationalistic journalism. Why does the gutter press always have to exaggerate issues out of all proportion? Another prime example of "why let the truth get in the way of a good story?" Shame on the gutter media. forest hump
  • Score: 6

9:34am Mon 1 Sep 14

Alan Reynard says...

Truly the judgement of Solomon, would if my child were dying, as they clearly thought, rather he die in my arms than in a soulless hospital ward how ever caring the nursing staff were. Let us rather than being judgmental thank God that we have never been in this sort of situation! faced with such agonising alternatives.
Truly the judgement of Solomon, would if my child were dying, as they clearly thought, rather he die in my arms than in a soulless hospital ward how ever caring the nursing staff were. Let us rather than being judgmental thank God that we have never been in this sort of situation! faced with such agonising alternatives. Alan Reynard
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