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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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Legal experts: Religion 'cannot override medical need'

Legal experts have said it is "unlikely" that the parents of missing boy Ashya King had committed an offence by taking him out of hospital - but warned the legal system would not permit religious beliefs to override the medical needs of a child.

Prof Penney Lewis, of King's College London, said it was possible the child could be taken into foster care if they are found and refuse to cooperate, but more likely than not it would be dealt with in the courtroom, with a judge giving consent to a procedure.

Aysha's parents took him on a ferry to France Credit: Facebook/Naveed King

Ashya's parents are thought to be Jehovah's Witnesses.

She said there had not been any legal cases surrounding the medical treatment of children of Jehovah's Witnesses since the 1990s.

It's because the law is so clear that religious beliefs will not be permitted to override the clinical needs of a child.

– Prof Penney Lewis, King's College London

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