Family’s relief as legal barrier in Ashya King case is to be lifted

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THE order preventing Ashya King’s family from seeking alternative treatment for the boy’s brain tumour is to be lifted tonight.

A judge at the UK’s High Court has allowed Ashya to be taken by his family to Prague, and once he arrives at hospital the wardship order will be lifted.

It paves the way for the five-year-old, who has a brain tumour, to have proton beam therapy at the Proton Therapy Centre in the Czech Republic city.

The Judicial Office has confirmed the information and says a hearing at the High Court will be held on Monday going over the full details.

Ashya’s grandmother Patricia King, of Southsea, said she was delighted and relieved by the news.

‘I am absolutely delighted, and I am so pleased that it is all going right.

‘It’s an enormous relief.’

Cllr Donna Jones, leader of Portsmouth City Council, said: ‘I am delighted with the news that Ashya King will get to receive urgent treatment that he needs in Prague.’

National reports say Ashya will no longer need to return to the UK first before having proton beam therapy as he can have a course of chemotherapy in the Prague clinic first.