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Tumor charity: Isolation of Ashya is 'unacceptable'

A leading charity has said that the isolation of five-year-old brain cancer patient Ashya King from his parents in Spain is "fundamentally and morally unacceptable".

...separating a desperately ill child from their family has significant emotional and psychological consequences. It has a profound impact not only on the child, but on their brothers and sisters, their parents and wider family. Forced separation will cause additional trauma for the family, who are already facing devastation from the diagnosis of the brain tumour, their young child undergoing major surgery and the possibility of gruelling treatments to come.

– Sarah Lindsell, chief executive of The Brain Tumour Charity

Ashya is being treated in hospital in Malaga while a court in Madrid has ordered that Brett and Naghmeh must be detained for up to 72 hours while an extradition request from Britain is considered, following the removal of the boy from hospital in Southampton without doctors' consent.

Read: Ashya King's relatives attack parents' arrest in Spain

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Parents: Briton with Ebola virus doing 'pretty well'

The family of the first Briton to catch the deadly Ebola virus say he seems to be "pretty well". William Pooley's parents Robbie and Jackie said the 29-year-old was showing "good signs" - including ordering a bacon sandwich for breakfast.

He's a lot better than we thought he might have been, we've only got what the medics tell us, but he's got a little step in there which the physio gave him so he can rebuild his strength, that in itself is a good enough sign I think, but he seems to be pretty well actually.

– Robin Pooley speaking to the BBC

The volunteer nurse was flown back to the UK for treatment after contracting the virus in Sierra Leone. Mr Pooley, who comes from the small village of Eyke in Suffolk, was airlifted back to Britain by a specially equipped C17 RAF jet, and is being treated in a specialist isolation ward at the hospital in Hampstead.

Parents of Ashya King behind bars in Spain

The parents of the five-year-old brain cancer patient Ashya King remain behind bars in Spain tonight, after telling a court there they don't want to return to the UK.

They have been detained for up to 72 hours, while the judge decides whether to allow their extradition to Britain.

Ashya himself is now being treated in Spain under police guard. The family claim they are not being allowed to visit him after they moved him from hospital in Southampton .

ITV News reporter Sejal Karia reports from Madrid:

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Ashya's parents appear to be victims of bureaucracy

by Sejal Karia - reporter

Ashya King's parents are quite simply victims of bureaucracy it appears. The judge in Madrid who heard their case for the very first time today said that he had not received all the paperwork that he needs in a language that he understands, namely in Spanish.

He fears handing down a judgement in their case without being armed with all those facts. In the meantime he says that this couple should be detained in a jail, about 20 miles from Madrid. The Spanish authorities have argued that their hands are tied. Criminal procedures began when this couple were arrested under a European arrest warrant which was obtained by the British police.

British police would in turn argue that they have urged the couple to come forward voluntarily. But whatever the rights and wrongs are in this case, Ashya King's parents are being held in a Spanish prison, at least for the time being.

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