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BREAKING: Boy, 10, Needing Urgent Jaw Cancer Surgery Has ‘Vanished’ Says Judge

October 7, 2015

A 10-year-old boy who has jaw cancer and needs urgent surgery has vanished, a High Court judge has said.

Mr Justice Mostyn said the boy, who has not been identified, is Polish and could be in Poland with his parents, whom he urged to comply with doctors.

Details of the case emerged in a ruling following hearings in the Family Division of the High Court in London.

A doctor has told the judge the boy will die a “brutal and agonising death” if a tumour is not removed “very soon”.

Surgery request

Mr Justice Mostyn said the boy, who had lived in England with his parents for two years, was at risk of “serious harm” and the risk was growing each day.

An NHS trust with responsibility for the boy’s care had asked the judge to rule that specialists could perform surgery.

The boy’s parents preferred to treat him with “Chinese medicine”, doctors said.

The judge said there was evidence the boy had left his home with his mother two weeks ago, and that the boy’s father had boarded a ferry bound for France in the past few days.

‘Given chance’

Mr Justice Mostyn stated: “I give full weight to the wishes of (the boy) as well as those of his parents.

“It is a strong thing for me, a stranger, to disagree with and override the wishes of (the boy) and his parents.

“But I have absolutely no doubt that (the boy) must be given the chance, a very good chance, of a long and fulfilling life rather than suffering, quite soon, a ghastly, agonising, death.”

Mr Justice Mostyn said he had made an order saying efforts should be made to find the boy.

The Polish embassy in London was being alerted, he added.

The judge referred to the boy and his parents by initials only and did not name the NHS trust.

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