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Parents of boy with brain cancer put him at risk when they took him from hospital, report finds

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 24 September 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h5141
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1The BMJ

The parents of Ashya King, a boy with brain cancer, put him at risk when they removed him from Southampton General Hospital without notice, after losing trust in his doctors, and took him abroad for proton beam therapy, a report from Portsmouth Safeguarding Children Board has concluded.1

The boy, then 5 years old, had had surgery for a medulloblastoma in August 2014 and was being fed through a nasogastric tube and was at risk of serious harm if “anything untoward” had happened to the tube, the report said.

One relevant factor in the breakdown of trust was a delay in obtaining a second opinion for the parents, Brett and Naghmeh King. The report …

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