Ashya just days from receiving new therapy

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TWO weeks after an international manhunt was launched when brain tumour patient Ashya King’s parents took him from hospital the tot is days from receiving the treatement they had hoped for.

As reported, five-year-old Ashya, from Southsea, arrived at the Proton Therapy Centre in Prague on Monday by private jet from Spain.

His grandmother Patricia, who lives in Shaftesbury Road, Southsea, told The News his treatment is due to start on Monday.

But Dr Adrian Crellin, of NHS England and Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, said that ‘dose for dose’ proton beam treatment was ‘no more effective’ than conventional radiotherapy but could be beneficial in some cases.

He added: ‘It isn’t a magic bullet in that sense, it’s not a different treatment.’

Ashya’s parents Brett and Naghmeh removed him from Southampton General Hospital on August 28 because they were keen for him to receive the specialised technique but medics said it would not increase his survival chances.

They were arrested tow days later near Malaga and taken into custody while Ashya was taken to hospital, but later released with no case to answer.