A MUM who lost her daughter to cancer has revealed she considered taking her out of the UK for treatment – and backed the family who have become embroiled in a legal battle for doing the same thing.
Becky Bell died in January 2012 aged just seven after a brave seven-month fight with brain cancer.
She was treated at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary, but lost her fight at the family home in the Rift House area after doctors told her devastated family there was nothing more they could do for her.
Her mum Julie, 42, has admitted the family explored the possibility of taking her out of the country for treatment after seeing Brett and Naghmeh King locked up in Spain for taking their son Ashya to Malaga with the consent of doctors.
Five-year-old Ashya is being treated for brain cancer, and his family took him from Southampton General Hospital last Thursday after claiming they were told he could not have proton beam therapy.
The technology is currently only available in the UK to treat eye cancers, but patients with other forms of cancer can apply for NHS funding for therapy abroad.
Mr King, 51, and his 45-year-old wife were arrested and locked up in Velez-Malaga on Saturday night.
Julie, who lives with husband Mark, 38, and 14-year-old son, also Mark, said: “People say they can’t imagine what this family are going through.
“But we can, because we went through the same.
“When you are told your child has cancer, you will do anything. We considered going abroad if there was a suitable treatment available, such as the one this family are trying to get, and we sat down with the consultant and discussed it.
“We were told that because of where Becky’s tumour was, on her brain stem, that operation would have killed her. She wouldn’t have got through it.
“Had there been a possibility the treatment would have worked, then we would have gone anywhere to have it done. That is without question.”
Ashya’s parents have been locked up in a Spanish prison, 300 miles from the hospital where their son is being treated, while a court considers whether to grant a British extradition request.
Julie added: “It is shocking, and they have my support 100 per cent.
“Any parent would do the same thing in my opinion. If there is a chance for your child to have better treatment, something which will help them, then you do it.
“You don’t consider the consequences. The way they are being treated, locked up while their son is in a hospital in a foreign country, is disgraceful.”