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Ashya King: Police And Media Criminalise The Boy’s Parents For Daring To Say ‘No’

by | 29th, August 2014

Ashya King


WHY is the police looking for five-year-old Ashya King? And why is the media leading with the hunt for him?

Ashya King has a brain tumour. He was taken from Southampton General Hospital, where he’d been undergoing treatment.

He was taken not by a paedo or stranger. Ashya King was removed from the hospital’s care by this legal guardians, his parents Brett King, 51, and his wife Naghemeh, 45. The family took a cross-Channel ferry from Portsmouth to Cherbourg at 4pm yesterday with Ashya and his six brothers and sisters.

Police, who have a debatebale record when it comes to looking after chidlren (see Rotherham, Rochdale and Blackpool), tell media:

“We are working with our counterparts in France to activate their emergency child rescue alert procedures to locate the family as soon as possible.”


“If we do not locate Ashya today there are serious concerns for his life. He is receiving constant medical care within the UK due to recent surgery and ongoing medical issues. Without this specialist 24-hour care Ashya is at risk of additional health complications which place him at substantial risk.”

I’m pretty sure his parents know about the risks.

Assistant chief constable Chris Shead adds:

“It is vital that we find Ashya today. His health will deteriorate rapidly. Ashya is in a wheelchair and is fed through a tube. The feeding system is battery operated and that battery will run out today. He must continue to be fed through the tube by someone with the relevant medical training. If he doesn’t receive urgent medical care or the wrong treatment is given, his condition will become life threatening… Our message to you is please take Ashya to the nearest hospital immediately. We understand that this must be an awful time for you, but the most important thing is to get the proper medical care for Ashya. Please work with us to provide Ashya with that care.”

The couple have committed no crime. The doctors treating Ashya have no court order banning his freedom of movement. Why, then  have the police have issued photos of the family? Are we supposed to snitch on them?

Ashya’s brother Naveed King has been on the telly, his words on a YouTube video to his brother broadcast to the masses:

“We love you so much. We’re all here for you. Everyone is praying for you. We just want to see your smile again. No kid at the age of five deserves to have a brain tumour. Let’s just hope the doctors know what they’re doing and they know exactly where to operate and what to take out, and they take everything out and you can be better. And when we look back in ten years’ time when you’re 15, we can actually see that things have changed for the better. Just because they’re bad at one point doesn’t mean they’ll always be bad. I love you so much. I can’t wait to see you.

Ashey King is much loved by his family.

So. Why are the police and media portraying them as criminals?

Earlier this year, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt told us:

“These are utterly, utterly shocking things that are happening week in, week out in our NHS. Every fortnight we put the wrong prosthesis on someone, every week we operate on the wrong part of someone’s body.  Twice a week we leave a foreign object like a swab inside someone’s body. Last spring, in one of our major hospitals with a good reputation, we removed someone’s fallopian tube instead of her appendix. Last summer we amputated the wrong toes from someone. This spring we gave the wrong man a vasectomy…. Of the annual deaths in the NHS, around 5 per cent have a 50 per cent or greater chance of being avoidable. That equates to 12,500 avoidable deaths every year in our NHS.”

The Telegraph reported on August 1:

Around 7,000 graduates begin their first job as a doctor today and thousands more change to new jobs as their training continues. The changeover has been labelled as ‘black Wednesday’ or the ‘killing season’ because of the rise in deaths.


The researchers from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and colleagues found something went wrong with the care of 13 per cent of the patients who died in hospitals. An error only caused death in 5.2 per cent of these – equivalent to 11,859 preventable deaths in hospitals in England.

Helen Hogan, who led the study, said: “We found medical staff were not doing the basics well enough – monitoring blood pressure and kidney function, for example. They were also not assessing patients holistically early enough in their admission so they didn’t miss any underlying condition. And they were not checking side-effects… before prescribing drugs.”


…between 210,000 and 440,000 patients each year who go to the hospital for care suffer some type of preventable harm that contributes to their death. That would make medical errors the third-leading cause of death in America, behind heart disease, which is the first, and cancer, which is second.

So. Maybe the parents have made an educated choice, having read up on their son’s terrible condion before deciding on an alternative route.

In other news, the media says the couple, are “believed” to be Jehovah’s Witnessses.

Naveed, whose Instagram profile says he is 20, describes himself as a Jehovah’s Witness on the social networking site. Friends making comments on his Facebook page also make reference to the Jehovah’s Witness religious movement. Jehovah’s Witnesses refuse blood transfusions on religious grounds but are open to other medical procedures.

The Guardian:

Police are “keeping an open mind” on what the motive is and refused to comment on speculation the family were Jehovah’s Witnesses. “Any religious beliefs are irrelevant at this time. We are talking about a child’s life,” said Shead.

An open mind? They won’t arrest the family in absentia. How very good of them. The police never have an open mind. Their job is to uphold the laws of the land – all of them, however mad – and chase people who break them. Their mind is shut. They are telling the family what to do and to betray their beliefs. And they are asking us all to help.

Should we? Of should we just leave them alone and wish them the very best of luck…

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