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Ashya King given the green light to receive treatment in the Czech Republic

His father, Brett King, claimed this morning that the treatment in the UK would have made him ‘a vegetable’.

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ASHYA KING, THE child whose parents were detained under a European arrest warrant, is due to receive treatment for his brain tumour in the Czech Republic, his family has said, after getting the green light from the British hospital responsible for his care.

Police in Spain on Tuesday released the parents of the five-year-old, after they were arrested for taking their child out of the University Hospital Southampton without the consent of doctors due to concerns over the treatment he was receiving.

His father, Brett King, claimed this morning that the treatment would have made him ‘a vegetable’.

Daniel King told the BBC he had seen his brother, who is now being treated at a hospital in Malaga, southern Spain, on Tuesday, and said that he was physically “fine” but “emotionally very confused.”

He also confirmed that Ashya was set to travel to the Proton Therapy Centre (PTC) in Prague to receive specialist treatment unavailable in Britain.

Czech Republic Britain Boy Brain Tumor The proton therapy treatment room in Prague. Source: AP Photo/Petr David Josek

“The reason we chose Prague is because it’s the best solution in Europe and also cheaper than going to America,” he explained.

Grandmother Patricia King added that Ashya would not be able to cope with the pressure on board a long-haul flight.

Brett King, 51, took his son out of the southern England hospital last week after he claimed doctors had blocked his attempts to take Ashya abroad for proton beam therapy.

He also claimed that doctors had threatened to ask for a protection order and take the child away if he interfered with his treatment plan.

The Prague centre said on Wednesday that Gary Nicolin, a consultant paediatric oncologist at the British hospital, had sent to them Ashya’s complete medical reports.

Spain Britain Boy Brain Tumor Brett and Naghemeh King, parents of Ashya King, speak during a press conference in Sevilla. Source: AP Photo/Miguel Angel Morenatti

It said proton therapy would be a suitable method of treatment for Ashya, but that he would need to go back to England first to undergo two cycles of chemotherapy.

“Ashya shall go for proton therapy to the Czech Republic,” said Jiri Kubes, head of proton therapy at the centre.

The case prompted an outcry in Britain, where some 130,000 people signed a petition calling for the boy to be reunited with his parents.

Grandmother Patricia King argued that the warrant should never have been issued and accused Hampshire Constabulary and Southampton General Hospital of dealing in “lies and then U-turns.”

Prosecutors had said they suspected the parents of “cruelty” but the British Crown Prosecution Service said on Tuesday it was withdrawing the warrant as Ashya had been properly looked after.

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