Southsea boy Ashya King moved to Prague to start proton treatment

Ashya King and below, the hospital where he is being treated in Prague
Ashya King and below, the hospital where he is being treated in Prague

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ASHYA King has arrived safely in Prague to start treatment for his brain tumour.

The five-year-old is said to be well after a trip on a private jet from Malaga in Spain to the Czech Republic capital.

A general view of Motol hospital that gets ready to receive 5-year-old Ashya King for cancer treatment in Prague, Czech Republic, Monday, Sept. 8, 2014. Ashya King who has a severe brain tumor is being readied to travel from southern Spain for treatment in the Czech Republic's capital Prague. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek) CZECHREP_Boy_095175.JPG

A general view of Motol hospital that gets ready to receive 5-year-old Ashya King for cancer treatment in Prague, Czech Republic, Monday, Sept. 8, 2014. Ashya King who has a severe brain tumor is being readied to travel from southern Spain for treatment in the Czech Republic's capital Prague. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek) CZECHREP_Boy_095175.JPG

Patricia King, Ashya’s grandmother, said her son Brett was ‘very happy’ his son had arrived in Prague.

‘It is marvellous that he is there,’ she said. ‘We are so pleased. After all they have been through – it is wonderful.’

Jana Kulhánková, of the Proton Therapy Center, said yesterday morning: ‘Proton Therapy Center Czech is expecting a visit by Brett King.

‘Mr King will be shown the facility; he will be introduced to the process of treatment and to the team of the attending physicians and physicists.’

It is understood Ashya will be moved to the centre at around 8am local time today.

Juan Isidro Fernandez Diaz, the family’s lawyer, said Ashya was ‘in perfect condition to travel’, and was playing with toys and his parents and brother at the weekend.

A spokesman for University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust said: ‘It is good news that Ashya’s treatment can be resumed without delay and we are delighted for him that the situation has now been resolved.

‘Professor Jan Stary and his team at Motol University Hospital in Prague have been able to accept the referral to care for Ashya and we are confident that he is in good hands.

‘There is a 70 to 80 per cent survival rate for the condition Ashya has and there is now every reason to hope that he will make a full recovery.’

In London, the findings of the High Court judge, The Honourable Mr Justice Baker, were published yesterday.

He said Ashya’s welfare was ‘most important’ and ‘my paramount consideration’.

He went on: ‘It is a fundamental principle of family law in this jurisdiction that responsibility for making decisions about a child rest with his parents.

‘In most cases, the parents are the best people to make decisions about a child and the state – whether it be the court, or any other public authority – has no business interfering with the exercise of parental responsibility unless the child is suffering or is likely to suffer significant harm as a result of the care given to the child not being what it would be reasonable to expect a parent to give.’

Ashya is no longer a ward of the court.

Youngster’s story has been told all over the world

FIVE-YEAR-OLD Ashya King’s plight for cancer treatment has been in the media worldwide over the last 10 days.

The cancer patient was taken from his hospital bed at Southampton General Hospital on Thursday, August 28 and driven through France to Spain, where he remained until yesterday.

Ashya’s parents, Brett and Naghmeh, wanted their son to have proton beam therapy, a different medical treatment to the one being offered by doctors in the UK.

After a European Arrest Warrant was issued, they spent time in a Spanish jail while Ashya was in hospital.

A fundraising campaign has been launched to help pay for Ashya’s treatment as the NHS does not currently offer it.