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We are behaving like illiterate animals in the affair of a child being taken from hospital by caring parents to seek life saving treatment for their child, Life saving treatment that is not available in the U.K. Religion has nothing to do with the treatment they are seeking despite the press attempt to paint the parents as ‚fanatics‘.

As a cancer sufferer and someone who has gone through extensive radiotherapy I applaud the fact that the parents have taken the trouble to read up on an alternate treatment for cancer. In short radiotherapy is the most invasive, pervasive treatment that cancer sufferers have to endure with effects that continue long after the treatment finishes. Radiotherapy kills anything in the path of the beam both going in and leaving the body. Yes it destroys the cancer but it also kills healthy tissue, healthy cells, healthy muscle, it results in permanent damage and when you are treating the head or the brain to kill a cancerous tumor why wouldn’t the recipient wish to know if there was an alternative available that did not result in permanent damage. There is and its called Proton therapy. A Proton beam kills only the cancer not the surround tissues or in this case the brain. But guess what we dont have proton therapy available in the U.K. yet. Maybe in 3 or 4 years we will have our first machine. Oh it available in America and the national health service sends people across fore treatment at £120,000 a head but being selected is a lottery. So what do we do, Have the family arrested, the child traumatized and separated from his kin, the parents handcuffed, and the press and the health service CLAIM that its all in the interest of the child!!!!!!!!! Shame on the health service, shame on the government shame on the crown prosecution service. Get real people, given the circumstances what would you do, sentence your child to death or fight for his survival. The parents were attempting to sell their property in Spain to pay for Proton treatment, is that the act of law breakers, We as a country are ’shilly-shalling ‚with terrorists, with hate preachers, with ‚rabble rousers‘ and people generally bad mouthing and denigrating the very country they have chosen to flee to but we have caring parents arrested. Really!!! Its about time we woke up and smelt the coffee and before we condemn at least learn the facts about the treatment. Turn the spotlight on genuine problems not on a family attempting to obtain the best possible treatment for their child.

That said if you agree please share. Lets get our leaders to grow a set of balls and deal with what is important.