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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Ashya King's parents 'recognised from Twitter appeal'

The parents of five-year-old Ashya King were arrested by Spanish police after a member of the public recognised them from a Twitter appeal, police have said.

Ashya King was taken from Southampton General Hospital by his parents. Credit: Hampshire Police

"Within hours of appealing on Twitter for help to find the boy we received a call from a member of the public who had seen the appeal, which allowed us to locate him and his parents," a spokesman for Spanish National Police said.

British police are due to arrive in Spain today to continue their investigation and question Ashya's parents.

They had requested a European arrest warrant for the couple on suspicion of neglect for taking the boy out of Southampton General Hospital.

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