Disability charity Scope has launched a campaign to protect children from undergoing medical treatment which halts their physical development.
The campaign follows the case of nine-year old Ashley X, whose parents convinced her doctors in America to operate on her so her body will remain that of a child, to limit her care needs.
Sandy Collington, Scope trustee and parent of a child with cerebral palsy, said: “This is a very emotional issue and it is very sad that the parents of Ashley X felt they had to resort to these measures. However, the rights of the child should not be sacrificed because the right level of support is lacking.”
Scope is also calling on the government to increase funding for disabled children and their families so they can access the necessary practical support.