THE grandmother of brain tumour patient Ashya King says his separation from his parents while in a Malaga hospital has ‘destroyed him’.
Patricia King, who lives in Southsea, told The News last night her son is very concerned by how the five-year-old has changed since his parents’ arrest in Spain.
She said: ‘I think Ashya being left alone for so long has destroyed his character. My son is very worried about him.
‘He is a really scared little boy now. He was never like that before.
‘He can’t speak or communicate with anyone to tell them how he feels.
‘It is really heart-breaking. It is not the same Ashya we knew before.
‘He is now crying all the time – he never used to do that at all.
‘They really have destroyed him. I am just so upset by what has happened.
‘I never thought we would have anything like this happen to our family.’
Asked when his treatment is likely to start at the Proton Therapy Centre Czech (PTC) in Prague, Ashya’s grandmother said on Monday.
He was moved to the Czech capital from Spain earlier this week.
Her son, Brett King, 51, and his wife Naghemeh, 45, triggered an international police pursuit when they removed Ashya from hospital without doctors’ permission on August 28, in a bid to take him to the Czech Republic for proton therapy.
Ashya was left without his parents at his bedside for the first time when they were arrested in Malaga after trying to check into a hotel.
His siblings were not allowed to see him for several days either.
His family decided to take him from Southampton General Hospital last month because the treatment they wanted for him was not being made available to them.
Proton therapy is an alternative to the radiography that doctors in Southampton were hoping to treat his cancer with.
It works by sending charges into cancer cells, with doses of radiation aimed directly at the tumour.
Roger Taylor, professor of clinical oncology at Swansea University said: ‘Proton therapy is about minimising – not avoiding but minimising – side effects.’