Ashya King to start proton therapy treatment plan in Prague

Five-year-old Ashya King is set to start a proton therapy treatment plan in the Czech Republic to help him beat brain cancer.

In a statement, the centre said the five-year-old had been fitted with a special treatment mask as well as undergoing a series of tests.

Brett and Naghmeh King removed Ashya from Southampton General Hospital on August 28 against doctors' advice, following a disagreement over his treatment.

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Missing boy's parents are Jehovah's Witnesses

The Office of Public Information for Jehovah's Witnesses confirmed that the parents of missing boy Ashya King were followers of the religious movement.

We can confirm that the parents of Ashya King are Jehovah's Witnesses. However, we are not aware of the facts of the case nor the reasons for the family's medical choices, which are personal decisions.

There is absolutely no indication, as far as we are aware, that their decision is in any way motivated by any religious convictions. Jehovah's Witnesses are encouraged to seek the best medical treatment for themselves and their children.

– The Office of Public Information for Jehovah's Witnesses

Jehovah's Witnesses refuse blood transfusions on religious grounds but are open to other medical procedures.

Police said the family's religious beliefs were "irrelevant" at this point.

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