Ashya King starts proton treatment in Prague

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LONG-AWAITED treatment has started for five-year-old Ashya King.

The Southsea youngster underwent the first of 30 planned sessions of post-operative radiotherapy at the Proton Therapy Centre in Prague in the Czech Republic.

His parents, Brett and Naghmeh King, fought a protracted battle to get him treated with proton beam technology, which targets tumours more directly than radiotherapy but is not thought to be suitable for all patients with brain tumours.

They sparked an international hunt last month after they removed their son from Southampton General Hospital without telling staff where they were going.

A spokeswoman from the clinic said the first day of treatment went well and there were no surprises.

She told the media that Ashya seemed to be getting happier day by day and he was smiling more than at his initial consultation last week.

In the treatment, Ashya’s brain and spine are being irradiated with protons under a general anesthetic.

Czech doctors say that 60 to 70 per cent of patients in Ashya’s condition survive and they hope he will make a full recovery.