THE TAWDRY TREATMENT meted out to the King family beggars belief. Two state institutions have combined to cause the separation of a five-year-old child from his parents, in a country where the child cannot understand the language he is surrounded by…and the authorities accuse the parents of neglect?
The NHS and Hampshire police have misrepresented the King family. Little Ashya's parents were told by Southampton hospital that their sons' case was terminal; and the parents were then supposed to accept the doctors prognosis, and wait patiently for Ashya's end to come.
Then the King family searched the internet and learnt of a treatment called Proton Beam Therapy, which, as I understand it, targets the tumour far more accurately (according to the media it is known as 'the sniper') than conventional methods which would also kill the healthy brain cells surrounding the tumour, which, if successful would leave the patient with brain damage.
As far as the doctors at Southampton NHS were concerned Ashya's cause was hopeless; so in effect it should have mattered little if his parents removed him from the hospital where he would have just died in any event. It is like the E-bola virus – it is effectively a sentence of death. So why bother with any new treatment like any untested new vaccines being given to those with the virus?
The logic seems to be that if part of the medical profession deems a case hopeless, a line should be drawn under it. We do not do this with E-bola, and neither should we do it with Proton Beam Therapy, that the King family learnt of on line, and looked into its possibilities – straws may have been clutched, but it was for the King's themselves to clutch them and seek out this one final hope for their son, and not for the state to try and stop them. They are prepared to pay for the treatment; and will not be dependent on the taxpayer - so why treat them as kidnappers?
To the Kings this treatment offered hope, and as they could not get it from the NHS, they undertook to find it elsewhere, which they did. But it would come at a cost; according to some quotes I have read – £86,000.
The Kings had a property in Spain which they went there to sell, or had already sold but went there to provided the necessary signature to conclude the sale. The sale was intended to pay for Ashya's proton beam treatment.
The family were not ignorant of their son's needs as the Southampton hospital seem to have thought. They bought on-line the same food that was intravenously given to Ashya in Southampton, as well as the batteries needed for the appliance needed to feed their son.
The family had done their homework before they rescued their son (it was more of a rescue than a kidnapping), and if they had been allowed at their own expense to give their son the treatment that Southampton NHS insisted was not applicable even if available, in Ashya's case; then this whole miserable and cruel episode could have resolved itself without the Kings having to remove their child (not the states) from the hospital.
IN THIS COUNTRY some 250,000 abortions are committed each year by the same medical profession that went to such great and cruel lengths to bring little Ashya home to die. While the police in Rotherham turned their back on 1400 children who were raped for fear of being called racist and upsetting the multicultural equilibrium; and, if today's press is correct helped produced 100 unwanted babies.
Yet look at how the King family are being treated by these two state institutions? They are being criminalised in order to try and save their son's life, and to defy a bureaucratic closure that helps the hospital and the NHS move forward. They represent what this country once believed in - the family. The King's care more for human life, it seems, is greater than many in the NHS, who just follow procedures. It was not always like this in the NHS, but sadly it would dishearten its political founder, Aneurin Bevan if he could pay a 21st century visit to his creation.
THE KING FAMILY acted to protect one of its members. To them family means everything; to them the medical professionals were not gods when it came to their family's youngest member. Why should they just give up on the say-so of the medical professional? If they have the financial means to try to save their young son's life by paying for another form of treatment: what on earth is it to do with the state?
If the King's believe that a very expensive magical potion only obtained from a plant in the Brazilian rain forests could save their son, and they were prepared to pay for it, what business would it be of Western medicine to intervene if they had already pronounced the patient's disease terminal.
People have the right to spend their money as they see fit in such extreme circumstance as the King family found themselves in regarding their son – especially as they had already been told that their son has an inoperable and terminal cancer.
This whole business stinks to high heaven – I wish desperately that young Ashya King gets his Proton Beam Therapy; and I dearly hope, not only for his own sake, but also for the sake of his parents love; that the therapy (if they manage to arrange it) results in success.
The King family did the right thing- the best for their child.