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Ashya so happy to see us he couldn't breathe: Parents

By Staff Reporter

The parents of young cancer patient Ashya King have described how the boy struggled for breath with joy as he was reunited with his family in a Spanish hospital.

Brett and Naghmeh King saw the five-year-old brain tumour patient yesterday for the first time since they were arrested on Saturday, having fled from Southampton General Hospital in search of treatment.

Leaving through a back door of the Materno-Infantil hospital in Malaga with his older son Danny, Mr King spoke of the moment he saw his son.

"He couldn't breathe he was so happy," he said. "He was so pleased to see us. We're trying to be hopeful. We'll do what it takes. Not much else to do."

Mr King said he will meet the cancer specialist today.

Hospital officials said Mrs King would stay the night with Ashya, amid reports the Kings would not be allowed to remove the child from the premises.

A Materno-Infantil spokeswoman said authorities had received notification from British officials that the parents should not be allowed to take the boy away.

The reunion initially appeared to be in doubt when Mr King claimed he would be barred from visiting the child after Ashya was made a ward of court.

But it was established that those proceedings do not stop the couple seeing him.

Mrs King said she had been "crying and crying" as she described the torment of being unable to help her son from the jail cell near Madrid where she and her husband had been detained since they were arrested on Saturday.

They were released after British authorities abandoned their attempts to extradite them, amid a public backlash.

Mrs King told the BBC: "What could I do in a prison cell? I was just praying so I could be reunited with him again. All I could do was just cry and pray."

A fundraising page set up to help pay for the treatment has so far raised more than £21,000, while charity Kids'n'CancerUK said they have agreed to pay the £100,000 needed for Ashya's treatment, plus living costs, after donors pledged £35,000 in 24 hours.

Chief executive Mike Hyman said: "I have spoken to Ashya's brother, Naveed, and he is dead chuffed."

And Prime Minister David Cameron told MPs that decisions taken in Ashya's case were "not correct".

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