Judge Says Ashya Can Be Flown To Prague

A High Court judge has ruled that brain tumour patient Ashya King can be flown to the Czech Republic for specialist treatment.

Mr Justice Baker approved the move following telephone discussions between lawyers representing Ashya’s parents and the hospital in Southampton where he was being treated.

He is expected to give more details of the agreement reached at a hearing in the Family Division of the High Court in London on Monday.

Five-year-old Ashyais expected to be flown to the Czech capital Prague on Saturday morning.

He is currently in hospital in the coastal town of Malaga in southern Spainafter being made a ward of court.

That happened after his mother and father took him from Southampton General without permission to receive proton beam therapy, which is not available on the NHS.

They went to Spain where they have a property they planned to sell to pay for the treatment, which costs tens of thousands of pounds.

Soon after Brett and NaghemehKing, who have six other children, were detained under a European arrest warrant issued by the UK.

They were freed from prison on Tuesday night after the case against them was dropped amid a public backlash, and were later reunited with their sonat the Materno-InfantilHospital inMalaga.

Earlier, theCzech Proton Therapy Centre in Prague said they would help transport Ashya and his parents to the city.

Spokeswoman Iva Tatounova told Sky News: “We have a private jet ready when needed to transfer Ashya from Spain.

“We were asked by Spanish and UK specialists if we are ready and how the transportation will be provided.

“We told them we are ready and we can arrange it. If the court allows it and the parents agree with the treatment we can transport them here.”

The centre says it has seen Ashya’s medical records and believes proton therapy will be suitable for him. It added it can provide all the care he needs.

Once Ashya arrives there Mr Justice Baker said he will cease to bea ward of court.

A fundraising page set up to help pay for histreatment has so far raised more than 41,000, while charity Kids’n’Cancer UK said they have agreed to pay the 100,000 needed for the therapy, plus living costs, after donors pledged 35,000 in 24 hours.

Mr and Mrs King say they removed Ashya from Southampton General Hospital because they were not happy with the treatmenton offerthere.

They say they informed staff of their plans to take him abroad although they did not give a date for fear they might be stopped.

In a statement issued after the judge’s ruling, the hospital said: “Today’s judgement will allow Ashya to get the treatment he urgently needs without any further delays.

“Throughout the period that we cared for Ashya and over the last few days, our only interest has been his health, medical treatment and welfare.

“We will continue to support any clinicians involved in his future care with advice and information.”

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5 September 2014 | 9:08 pm – Source: orange.co.uk

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