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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Hospital doctor: Ashya has '70-80% chance of survival'

A doctor and medical director at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust has said that critically ill Ashya King has a "70-80% chance of survival".

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

The chances of surviving the condition Ashya has are about 70-80% after five years so we believe that he has a good chance of a successful outcome provided he gets access to the most appropriate treatment.

– Medical director Dr Michael Marsh

Dr Marsh said that the hospital trust "regretted" that the communication and relationship with the King family had "broken down" and for "whatever reason they have lost confidence in us".

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