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British boy with tumour set for treatment in Czech Republic as freed parents rush to bedside

Published on Sep 3, 2014 8:47 PM
 
Naghemeh (right) and Brett King (centre), parents of Ashya King, walk before attending a news conference with their lawyer Juan Isidro Fernandez (right) in the Andalusian capital of Seville, Sept 3, 2014. British boy Ashya King is due to receive treatment for his brain tumour in the Czech Republic, his family said on Wednesday, after getting the green light from the British hospital responsible for his care. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (AFP) - British boy Ashya King is due to receive treatment for his brain tumour in the Czech Republic, his family said on Wednesday, 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 detained there under a European arrest warrant for taking their child out of the University Hospital Southampton without the consent of doctors due to concerns over the treatment he was receiving. They rushed to the boy's bedside in southern Spain on Wednesday after walking free from jail.

Mr 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. "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.

 
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