Brain tumor patient Ashya King arrives in Prague for proton beam therapy – Five-year-old Ashya King arrives at the specialist hospital in the Czech capital flanked by his mother and a medical team.
Ashya King has arrived in a Prague hospital wearing polka dot pyjamas and clutching a stuffed toy animal as he prepares for his first day of revolutionary proton therapy for an aggressive brain tumor. He was accompanied by his mother Naghmeh King who, along with Ashya’s father Brett, sparked an international police pursuit after they removed Ashya from Southampton General Hospital without doctors’ permission in a bid to take him abroad for the specialist treatment, which is not available on the NHS.
The Proton Therapy Centre (PTC) in Prague confirmed that he left University Hospital Motol to transfer to the specialist clinic to begin treatment.
His attending doctor, radiation oncologist Dr Barbora Ondrova, said: “There is a 70 to 80% survival rate for the condition such as Ashya has and there is now every reason to hope that he will make a full recovery.”
Mr. and Mrs. King faced a legal battle to get their child to Prague after removing Ashya from hospital on August 28, with a High Court judge approving the move after they had been released from police custody in Spain. Ashya now faces 30 visits to the PTC, with the first 13 focusing on the brain and spine, to ensure the tumor he had removed has not spread, and the remaining 17 to irradiate where the brain tumor once was.