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Ashya King's proton therapy to start next week

Ashya King could start proton treatment as early as Monday, the Proton Therapy Center in Prague has said.

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

Ashya King, a 5-year-old British boy with a brain tumour, lies on a stretcher as he arrives with his parents at the Proton Therapy Center in Prague. Credit: Reuters

If all goes well and the physicists will be able to prepare Ashya’s irradiation plan in four days already instead of standard ten days, he will start the first irradiation on Monday. His plan takes 30 irradiation visits and is combined with chemotherapy. The chemotherapy will be applied by specialised oncologists at Motol University Hospital, where Ashya is hospitalized with his mother.

– Proton Therapy Center, Prague

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Ashya's father to meet doctors in Prague

The father of brain tumour patient Ashya King - who was taken from hospital in Southampton without the consent of doctors - will meet doctors in Prague to discuss his potential proton treatment. Brett King is due to visit the Proton Therapy Centre Czech after his five-year-old son left the Materno Infantil hospital in Malaga in Spain. Ashya has been treated there since his parents were arrested more than a week ago.

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Ashya leaves Malaga hospital 'to travel to Prague clinic'

Five-year-old brain tumour patient Ashya King has left a hospital in Malaga and is believed to be heading for specialist proton therapy treatment in the Czech Republic.

Ashya King's father stands next to an ambulance believed to be carrying his son. Credit: Reuters

Brett King, Ashya's father, was seen travelling in a taxi behind the ambulance carrying his son.

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

They were arrested in Spain but British prosecutors withdrew an international arrest warrant and they were released three days later.

Doctors to discuss Ashya treatment

Doctors were today preparing for a meeting to discuss whether five-year-old Ashya King can travel to the Czech Republic for pioneering cancer treatment.

Experts in Prague will decide whether to send a private medical jet fitted with appropriate equipment to transport the boy from Spain.

The Proton Therapy Centre in Prague has said documentation from the hospital in Malaga where Ashya is currently being treated will be reviewed before the child can travel.

Ashya hit the headlines after his parents took him from Southampton General Hospital without the permission of doctors.

The therapy centre's director of strategy, Iva Tatounova, said no decisions will be taken before the meeting.

"Monday morning at 8 o'clock, in Motol Hospital, the best doctors and oncologic paediatricians will sit down to review this document, and therefore will be able to say, yes, he's capable of travelling to Prague," she told Sky News.

"We have to follow the standard procedures, which, if he comes on Monday night or Tuesday night or even Wednesday night, this doesn't make any harm to him, and the family can feel OK.

"Proton therapy will be part of his treatment. If he receives chemotherapy or not, this decision has to be made by Motol clinical oncologists, we don't do chemotherapy here"

Ashya King Credit: Meridian

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Ashya 'in perfect condition to travel' for treatment

The lawyer for Ashya King's family earlier told press the five-year-old was in "perfect condition to travel" to Prague for planned treatment.

Juan Isidro Fernandez Diaz said the family were "really, really happy" following a judge's decision to allow them to go to Prague for proton beam treatment.

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Ashya King could travel to Prague 'at any moment'

Terminally ill Ashya King could travel from Spain to the Czech Republic "at any moment" and "is in perfect condition to travel", his lawyer said.

Juan Isidro Fernandez Diaz outside the hospital in Malaga where Ashya is being treated. Credit: ITV News

Juan Isidro Fernandez Diaz said: "Finally, Ashya is going to the Czech Republic for proton therapy...he is in perfect condition to travel.

"He is playing with toys, he is with his parents, his brother."

Asked when the five-year-old boy would travel, he said: "I think it will happen this weekend, at maximum Monday morning.

"Hopefully, we think he will travel maybe tomorrow, maybe this evening, we do not know but any moment it could happen."

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Lawyer: Ashya King could fly to Prague tonight

Terminally ill Ashya King could be flown to Prague for specialist cancer treatment as early as tonight, according to his family's lawyer.

Ashya King

Juan Isidro Fernandez Diaz said the five-year-old was "in a perfect condition to travel" and was playing with his family and his toys as he awaits transportation to the Czech capital to have proton beam radiotherapy.

He added that King's parents Brett and Naghemeh had met with medics in Malaga about the treatment which is not available on the NHS.

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