Gran hopes that Ashya’s treatment will get started

Patricia King, left, and Tracy King, Ashya's grandmother and aunt  Picture: Allan Hutchings (142486-286) Inset below, Ashya with his father Brett King
Patricia King, left, and Tracy King, Ashya's grandmother and aunt Picture: Allan Hutchings (142486-286) Inset below, Ashya with his father Brett King
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THE grandmother of Ashya King has said she hopes her grandson will be able to begin treatment in Prague in the next few days.

The five-year-old, whose parents took him out of hospital in Southampton to seek proton beam therapy for his brain tumour, is likely to fly to the Czech Republic in the next day or so.

Undated video grab taken from a video posted on YouTube by Naveed King showing Bret King with his son Ashya and explaning why he was taken by his parents from hospital without doctors' consent. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday August 31, 2014. Ashya's father, Brett King, said the family, stopped by police in Spain last night, was hoping to get to the Czech Republic, having been dismayed by attempts to treat his son on the NHS at Southampton General Hospital. See PA story POLICE Boy. Photo credit should read: Naveed King/YouTube/PA Wire''NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder. PPP-140209-225659001

Undated video grab taken from a video posted on YouTube by Naveed King showing Bret King with his son Ashya and explaning why he was taken by his parents from hospital without doctors' consent. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday August 31, 2014. Ashya's father, Brett King, said the family, stopped by police in Spain last night, was hoping to get to the Czech Republic, having been dismayed by attempts to treat his son on the NHS at Southampton General Hospital. See PA story POLICE Boy. Photo credit should read: Naveed King/YouTube/PA Wire''NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder. PPP-140209-225659001

Experts in Prague were due to decide this morning whether to send a private medical jet fitted with appropriate equipment to transport Ashya from Spain.

The Proton Therapy Center in Prague has said documentation from the hospital in Malaga where Ashya is currently being treated will be reviewed before he can officially travel.

The therapy centre’s director of strategy Iva Tatounova said of the meeting: ‘The best doctors and oncologic paediatricians will sit down to review this document, and therefore will be able to say, yes, he’s capable of travelling to Prague.’

‘We have to follow the standard procedures, which, if he comes tonight or Tuesday or even Wednesday, this doesn’t make any harm to him, and the family can feel okay.’

Patricia King, from Southsea, said: ‘I hope he gets started with his treatment before it’s too late.

‘There has been too much messing about for him. He should have had treatment a week ago.

‘This will mean everything for all of us.

‘We are just praying for him all the time. I won’t be relieved until I know that they are there in Prague.’

Southern Malaga’s Children’s and Maternity Hospital has said Ashya is in a stable condition, and that a flight to Prague would not pose a problem to his health.

Family lawyer Juan Isidro Fernandez Diaz told reporters the boy was ‘in perfect condition to travel’, and was playing with toys and his parents and brother over the weekend.

Ashya’s parents Brett and Naghmeh King were arrested and held in custody in Spain after Hampshire police raised the alarm when they took their son from hospital on Thursday, August 28.

They were released when prosecutors withdrew an arrest warrant in the wake of a public outcry.

And on Friday the order applied for by Portsmouth City Council that made Ashya a ward of court was withdrawn, meaning the family were free to travel.