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Ashya King lands in Prague for proton cancer treatment

Ashya King and his parents have landed in Prague for potential proton treatment on Ashya's brain tumour.

The King family is due to visit the Proton Therapy Centre Czech this afternoon after five-year-old Ashya left the Materno Infantil hospital in Malaga in Spain, where he has been treated since his parents were arrested more than a week ago.

Speaking after their plane landed in the Czech Republic, Ashya's father said he would be reassessed there before any treatment starts.

He told Sky News: "We just want the best for Ashya. He's got to get through this, he's got to get better."

Mr King said his son was "a little bit depressed" when they were first reunited.

"He's building up his strength now. We are sure he can see us and he can definitely hear us," he said.

"I am sure they are going to give him the best treatment. We just hope for the best for him."

Footage at the hospital showed Mr King standing next to an ambulance.

Ashya's mother Naghmeh was understood to have travelled with the boy while his father followed in a taxi.

The Proton Therapy Centre arranged for a private Cessna Citation Mustang jet fitted with medical equipment to transport the young patient from Spain.

The plane was reported to have left this morning.

It said in a statement today: "In late afternoon today, Proton Therapy Centre Czech is expecting a visit by Mr Brett King, Ashya's father.

"Mr King will be shown the facility; he will be introduced to the process of treatment and to a team of the attending physicians and physicists."

Earlier a spokeswoman for the University Hospital Motol in Prague, where it was reported Ashya would be taken first, said: "We don't have any new information. The doctors are deciding now.

"They are discussing if the boy can be admitted to hospital in Prague."

Ashya hit the headlines after his parents took him from Southampton General Hospital on August 28 without the permission of doctors.

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