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Boy (5) whose parents were detained after taking him abroad for brain tumour treatment is free of cancer

NewsBy Neil Fetherston
Ashya King
Ashya King

The five-year-old boy whose parents were detained after taking him abroad for brain tumour treatment is now free of cancer.

Brett and Naghemeh King took Ashya out of Southampton General Hospital last August, after disagreeing with doctors about his treatment and deciding to seek proton beam treatment abroad.

Mr and Mrs King took their son from the hospital to Spain, where they have a holiday home, and arranged treatment at the Proton Therapy Center in Prague.

The couple were kept in jail there for more than 24 hours before being released when efforts to extradite them to the UK were abandoned, with prosecutors saying they were happy any risk to Ashya's life "was not as great or immediate as... originally thought".

While they were in prison in Madrid, Ashya was being treated at a hospital in Malaga.

They took him to receive treatment in Prague that was unavailable in the UK.

He arrived in the Czech Republic on 9 September, six days after his parents were released from prison.

They took him to receive treatment in Prague that was unavailable in the UK.

Mr King has told the Sun newspaper a recent scan showed "no evidence" of the tumour.

In an interview with the Sun, Mr King has said his son is free of cancer, recovering at the family's Spanish home, starting to speak again and enjoying playing with his brothers and sister in a nearby park.

Mr King told the newspaper: "It's incredible news. We are absolutely delighted. It has justified everything we have gone through because things are working out for Ashya."