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Ashya King's parents 'afraid' to return to Britain

The parents of five-year-old brain cancer survivor Ashya King have said they want to return to the UK, but are afraid their son will be taken from them if they do.

The five-year-old's family have told of his "miracle" recovery, as the centre where he was treated declared him cancer-free, The Sun reported.

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Ashya King's treatment centre 'thrilled' at his recovery

The little boy's medical centre is thrilled he is now cancer free, they said Credit: Reuters

Ashya King's treatment centre has expressed its delight that the five-year-old is now cancer-free.

Jana Kulhankova, marketing director at the Proton Therapy Center in Prague, said she had not seen the latest scan but has been in regular contract with Ashya's doctor, Hernan Cortes-Funes, since his treatment ended.

She said: "Ashya's doctor told me last week that Ashya is doing so well that he is able to release him for rehabilitation.

"If the scans are showing that Ashya is cancer-free, as Mr King says, than we are thrilled, that is what we have worked for.

The centre's strategy director also voiced how pleased the centre is but added that she did not know why his British doctors had denied him proton therapy to start with.

Iva Tatounova said: I don't know why he was turned down in the first place as proton therapy should be the first choice of treatment for children with medulloblastoma.

Iva Tatounova, strategy director, said she was also thrilled Ashya is recovering Credit: ITV News

"I don't know of its politics or simply not knowing about proton therapy."

However she also said she was "glad" the NHS had realised that proton therapy was a gentler and less aggressive form of treatment and that they paid Ashya's medical costs.

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