Ashya King’s family do not feel ‘100 per cent’ safe with UK return

Ashya  with his father Brett and the PTC team at a farewell celebration in Prague

Ashya with his father Brett and the PTC team at a farewell celebration in Prague

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THE parents of Ashya King have revealed they do not feel ‘safe enough’ returning to the UK before a probe is carried out into the way they were treated by authorities.

The message comes after the five-year-old, who is suffering from a brain tumour, completed his final course of proton therapy treatment in Prague.

Ashya King with his mother Naghmeh in the anaesthesia room in the Proton Thearpy Centre in Prague''October 24, 2014

Ashya King with his mother Naghmeh in the anaesthesia room in the Proton Thearpy Centre in Prague''October 24, 2014

A farewell party was held for Ashya at the Proton Therapy Centre yesterday and preparations are now being made for him to fly out to Spain for further treatment.

But Ashya’s father Brett King said that the family are opting to stay abroad and not come back for fear of their safety.

‘At the moment we don’t feel 100 per cent safe, I suppose you would call it, contemplating being in England until perhaps they (the authorities) do this investigation into how everything was conducted for us.

‘Once that has been established then we can think about going back to England.

‘But for the time being, we have been in contact with a doctor in Spain so we are continuing with (Ashya’s) treatment in Spain instead of England.’

Asked why they were reluctant to return to Britain, Mr King said: ‘Because there is so much still at stake.’

‘We wouldn’t want to lose Ashya.’

Iva Tat’ounová, director at PTC, who organised Ashya’s treatment, said the proton therapy had gone smoothly and that his condition was improving.

‘Ashya does not have to stay in bed, he is able to sit and hold his own head, reacts with interest to his surroundings and faces the people around him,’ she said. ‘Also his motoric [muscular movement] is improving, he can now play with toys and communicates with his surroundings.’

It’s believed that with further courses of chemotherapy and radiotherapy, there is a 70 to 80 per cent chance of Ashya’s condition being cured.

The King family, from Southsea, are due to fly to Spain this weekend.

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