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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UK cancer charity to fund Ashya King's treatment

A cancer charity in Derby said the King family have accepted their offer to pay the full cost of the proton beam treatment for five-year-old Ashya.

Kidsncancer chief executive Mike Hyman told ITV News they have been inundated with donations from the public following the arrest of Brett and Naghmeh King. He said:

It will take at least a £100,000, and probably a £150,000 to pay for the treatment as well as the cost of accomodation for the months of the treatment for the family. It is our wish that they come back from wherever they go they are not in debt, and can return to their normal life.

The situation they have been through is absolutely appalling. To be imprisoned like criminals, 300 miles away from their sick child is disgraceful and disgusting.

I have been overwhelmed by the generosity of the public, who obviously feel like we do that this family deserve support at this desperate time.

– Mike Hyman, CEO, KidsnCancer

The donation page set up by the charity has made almost £24,000 so far.

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