The parents of Ashya King have been reunited with their son at the Spanish hospital where he is being treated after spending 72 hours in a Spanish prison.
Brett and Naghemeh King were arrested and held in a jail in Madrid, after taking the five year old Ashya, who had a brain tumour, from Southampton General Hospital against medical advice, to seek alternative treatment abroad, mainly proton beam treatment in Prague.
On arriving at the children’s hospital in Malaga where Ashya was held, his 51year old father expressed his frustration that his son was still legally in the custody of the British authorities, and said that he was prepared to be arrested again.
“What the prime minister of England and the health minister said hasn’t worked because me and my wife don’t have custody.” He said. When asked by a Sky journalist if he would do the same again, the father replied “Of course,” and added: “My son’s worth everything, worth me going to prison, worth everything, because they were going to kill him in England or turn him into a vegetable.”
As the Kings left Seville, they also spoke of their surprise that the Hampshire police had sought in international arrest warrant.
“They treated us like terrorists. They handcuffed me and my wife. Mr King said. “I don’t know why they did this. From the beginning, Southampton knew I was going abroad. They knew I wasn’t happy with the treatment.
“They knew about it. Not the day I left, but I told them: ‘I’m leaving because I’m not happy.’ They knew that.”
Ashya’s medical records have been sent to the Proton Therapy Centre (PTC) in Prague, however he will have to travel back to the UK for two cycles of chemotherapy before going through the proton treatment in mainland Europe.