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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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Police: Missing boy's health 'will deteriorate rapidly'

Police have warned the missing boy's health 'will deteriorate rapidly'. Credit: Hampshire Police

Police said missing Ashya King's health will "deteriorate rapidly" if he is not found today and that his condition would become "life-threatening".

Assistant Chief Constable Chris Shead of Hampshire Constabulary said: "He is being fed through a tube. The feeding system is battery operated and the battery will run out today."

He added police "had every reason to believe" that the King family remains in France, where they travelled to yesterday.

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