Doctors meet to plan next stage of treatment for brain tumour boy

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Doctors were today preparing for a meeting to discuss whether five-year-old Ashya King can travel to the Czech Republic for pioneering cancer treatment.

Experts in Prague will decide whether to send a private medical jet fitted with appropriate equipment to transport the boy from Spain.

The Proton Therapy Centre in Prague has said documentation from the hospital in Malaga where Ashya is currently being treated will be reviewed before the child can travel.

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

The therapy centre’s director of strategy, Iva Tatounova, said no decisions will be taken before the meeting.

“Monday morning at 8 o’clock, in Motol Hospital, the best doctors and oncologic paediatricians will sit down to review this document, and therefore will be able to say, yes, he’s capable of travelling to Prague,” she told Sky News.

“We have to follow the standard procedures, which, if he comes on Monday night or Tuesday night or even Wednesday night, this doesn’t make any harm to him, and the family can feel OK.

“Proton therapy will be part of his treatment. If he receives chemotherapy or not, this decision has to be made by Motol clinical oncologists, we don’t do chemotherapy here.”

Ashya’s parents Brett and Naghmeh King were arrested and held in custody in Spain after British police raised the alarm when they took their son from hospital on August 28. They were released when prosecutors withdrew an arrest warrant in the wake of a public outcry.

Portsmouth City Council, which has responsibilities for Ashya’s welfare, launched family court litigation – asking for directions about the boy’s treatment.

Mr Justice Baker began analysing issues surrounding Ashya’s treatment at a hearing in the Family Division of the High Court on Tuesday. The judge was told Mr and Mrs King wanted their son to receive proton beam radiotherapy. The judge said in his order, released on Friday, that Ashya could be taken to the Czech Republic.