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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Family may have 'taken steps to be able to feed' Ashya

Hampshire Police have said that officers investigating the case "now believe that Ashya’s family has taken steps to be able to feed him".

Hampshire Constabulary Assistant Chief Constable Chris Shead said:

Health experts tell us with the proper medical care Ashya has a good chance of survival, but he must get that professional care.

The feeding system that Ashya needs and the other associated medical care is complex, and I would appeal to Ashya’s family not to think that they are able to administer this care themselves.

The doctors assure me that proper medical training is required for the level of care that Ashya needs.

I would also appeal to the medical profession, particularly in Spain, to contact the Spanish authorities if they feel that Ashya’s family have presented or made enquiries at medical facilities.

– Hampshire Constabulary Assistant Chief Constable Chris Shead

Police have asked anyone with any information about Ashya, or his mum Naghmeh and dad Brett, to call +44 (0)1962 841534 or dial the European emergency number on 112.

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