Ashya King’s father denies that he has ‘jeopardised’ son’s care

Ashya King with his mother Naghmeh in the anaesthesia room in the Proton Thearpy Centre in Prague
Ashya King with his mother Naghmeh in the anaesthesia room in the Proton Thearpy Centre in Prague

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THE father of a five-year-old boy taken to Prague for brain tumour treatment has dismissed claims by specialists that this may ‘jeopardise’ his son’s recovery.

Brett King, 51, of Southsea, and his wife Naghmeh, 45, are in Spain as their son Ashya recovers from proton beam therapy, being funded by NHS England.

A group of doctors have written to the NHS and said: ‘We have profound reservations regarding the ongoing clinical management of this child, and feel that actual harm may have been done by jeopardising the chance of a cure.’

One of the experts told the BBC that children with Ashya’s type of tumour – medulloblastoma – were not normally sent abroad for proton therapy because this could delay the conventional radiotherapy treatment, which should happen four to six weeks after surgery.

Mr King hit back at these claims and said to the BBC: ‘Every hospital knows that proton [beam therapy] is the future.

‘It seems like they are commenting on something they do not understand.’