Ashya King to start proton therapy treatment plan in Prague

Five-year-old Ashya King is set to start a proton therapy treatment plan in the Czech Republic to help him beat brain cancer.

In a statement, the centre said the five-year-old had been fitted with a special treatment mask as well as undergoing a series of tests.

Brett and Naghmeh King removed Ashya from Southampton General Hospital on August 28 against doctors' advice, following a disagreement over his treatment.

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Hunt offers to fly expert out to advise Ashya parents

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has told ITV News the Government is offering to fly one of the NHS' top medical experts to Spain to give advice on the next course of action for five-year-old cancer patient Ashya King.

Speaking to Political Correspondent Carl Dinnen, Mr Hunt said proton beam treatment - the preferred choice of the child's parents but previously unavailable at the NHS Trust where Ashya was treated - could be applied on the service if deemed appropriate.

The NHS does fund proton beam therapy for children who need it - we funded 99 children in the last year - [but] it is not always appropriate, it is not always safe.

We are arranging for an independent expert - one of our top oncologists - to fly out, if the family would like, to Spain to give them advice as to exactly what the right course of action for Ashya is going forward.

– Jeremy Hunt, Health Secretary

Asked about the way the NHS Trust treating Ashya handled things, Mr Hunt said: "It has been a very unfortunate sequence of events and there have clearly been misunderstandings along the way."

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