Police have launched a major investigation to find a five year-old boy who is missing from hospital and needs constant medical care.
The parents of little Ashya King, 51 year-old Brett King and Naghemeh King, 45, wheeled him out of Southampton General Hospital; they spirited him out of the country, catching the 4pm ferry to Cherbourg from Southampton, along with Ashya’s six brothers and sisters.
The Hampshire Police have said “there are serious concerns” for Ashya’s well-being because he needs constant medical care. Ashya is most likely in a wheelchair or a buggy because he is immobile; in addition, he cannot communicate verbally.
A spokesman for the police said: “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.”
Dick Pearson, a Detective Superintendent with the Hampshire Major Investigation Team, issued a statement about Ashya: “He needs to be taken to a medical facility for his urgent health requirements as soon as he is located. We have also launched a social media appeal and would urge everyone to share this appeal, particularly if you have friends and relatives in France and bordering countries.”
The family, who live in Southsea in Portsmouth, are travelling in a grey Hyundai with the registration KP60 HWK. It is though they arrived in France at 8pm local time yesterday evening. Anyone with any information should immediately contact Hampshire Police on 101 quoting Operation Aquilion.