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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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Grandmother of missing boy describes 'wonderful' dad

The grandmother of missing boy Ashya King has defended his parents, saying they were "wonderful" and had been left beside themselves by his illness.

Ashya, who was being treated for a brain tumour, was taken out of hospital by his family yesterday.

Ashya was spotted being removed from hospital by his family Credit: Hampshire Police

Speaking from her home in Southsea, his paternal grandmother Patricia King said she has last spoken to her son "quite a while ago", and did not know whether Ashya's illness was terminal.

Of her son, she said:

He's the most caring and wonderful father you could ever have. The kids love him. We are a very close family. He wouldn't have told me anything because he wouldn't want me to know anything in case I got involved in it all.

I knew he was seriously ill, we all knew that.

– Patricia King, grandmother

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