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Boy at centre of legal wrangle is expected to be treated in Prague

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 04 September 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g5495
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1The BMJ

A 5 year old boy with brain cancer whose parents were arrested and jailed in Spain under a European arrest warrant after they removed him from the UK hospital where he was being treated is now expected to have the proton beam therapy his parents want in Prague.

The Crown Prosecution Service for England and Wales withdrew the arrest warrant, and Brett and Naghemeh King were released after 48 hours in prison amid a national outcry over the heavy handed treatment of parents who seem to have committed no criminal offence.

Instead of returning Ashya to the ward at Southampton General Hospital after a visit to the hospital garden on 28 August, the Kings took him to their car and drove to Portsmouth ferry terminal, along with their six other children, a step they were legally entitled to take. He was being fed through a nasogastric tube after an operation to remove a medulloblastoma on …

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