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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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Hospital: We agreed to refer Ashya for proton therapy

The NHS Trust that treated Ashya King has claimed it had agreed to refer the five-year-old for proton radiotherapy, as requested by his family, before he was taken from hospital.

Ashya King was taken from Southampton General Hospital last week. Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

A spokesman for University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust said it believed Ashya had a "very good" chance of survival with standard radiotherapy.

The spokesman added that the family were told that proton radiotherapy would have no difference in survival and no proven significant benefit.

Despite this, the Trust agreed with the family to refer Ashya for proton radiotherapy, as the family had indicated that they could fund it privately. On 28 August 2014, during unsupervised leave on the Trust’s grounds, Ashya’s family chose to remove him without informing or seeking the consent of medical staff.

– University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust

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