NHS to fund Ashya King's treatment in Czech Republic

The NHS is to pay for five-year-old brain tumour patient Ashya King's proton beam therapy treatment in the Czech Republic.

His parents Brett and Naghemeh King sparked an international police hunt after they took their son out of Southampton General Hospital and travelled to Prague for the treatment which was not available for him on the NHS.

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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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