Police seek possibly diabetic girl who left London hospital

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Nine-year-old and her family attended St Marys hospital in Paddington on Sunday and gave staff false address

Detectives have issued an unusual appeal for help tracing a nine-year-old girl whom doctors believe in need of urgent medical treatment.

The Metropolitan police were contacted by staff at St Marys hospital in Paddington, west London, after the unwell girl attended with a man and woman believed to be her parents on Sunday. The family left before the child could receive treatment.

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A CCTV still of the girl. Photograph: PA

The girl appeared to have type 1 diabetes with a high blood sugar count and could fall into a diabetic coma if not treated immediately, the Met said.

Her parents told medical staff that her name was Mashael Aldosari, but detectives are unsure whether this is her real name as the family provided a false address.

The parents, the girl and a second child a boy in a pushchair arrived at the hospital at about 5.42pm on Sunday and left at 7.44pm.

Detectives believe the family could be from Kuwait. The family are believed to have told medical staff that they had travelled to the UK so their son could receive hospital treatment, but police said inquiries had established that this may not be the case.

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The man who accompanied the girl. Photograph: PA

It is not known when the family entered the country and inquiries continue with other agencies, Scotland Yard said. Given the circumstances, detectives are urgently seeking to trace the young girl in order for her to receive medical treatment.

The girl is described as being less than 5ft tall and has long straight black hair. She was last seen wearing a grey top, leggings and light-coloured shoes.

The man is described as being of a heavy build and has short black hair that is receding at the front. He was last seen wearing a light-coloured polo shirt with a small logo and light-coloured trousers. The woman was wearing a black burka.

The police asked for anyone who had seen either the girl or her parents to make contact immediately on 101 or via Twitter @MetCC.

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