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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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Brother left Ashya King video message during surgery

Ashya King's brother Naveed said the five-year-old had been diagnosed with a brain tumour and was undergoing emergency surgery in a video posted on YouTube last month.

Speaking into the camera in a message directly to Ashya, he said:

I haven't slept. I've been awake all night worrying. Everyone is praying for you. We just want to see your smile again.

No kid at the age of five deserves to have a brain tumour. Let's just hope the doctors know what they're doing and they know exactly where to operate and what to take out, and they take everything out and you can be better.

And when we look back in 10 years' time when you're 15, we can actually see that things have changed for the better. Just because they're bad at one point doesn't mean they'll always be bad.

I love you so much. I can't wait to see you.

– Naveed King

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