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Ashya King, a 5-year-old British boy with a brain tumour, lies on a stretcher as he arrives with his parents Brett (2nd L) and Naghemeh King (2nd R) at the Proton Therapy Center in Prague September 9, 2014. REUTERS/David W Cerny

Ashya King, a 5-year-old British boy with a brain tumour, lies on a stretcher as he arrives with his parents Brett (2nd L) and Naghemeh King (2nd R) at the Proton Therapy Center in Prague September 9, 2014. REUTERS/David W Cerny

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Ashya King, a 5-year-old British boy with a brain tumour, lies on a stretcher as he arrives with his parents at the Proton Therapy Center in Prague September 9, 2014. REUTERS/David W Cerny

Ashya King, a 5-year-old British boy with a brain tumour, lies on a stretcher as he arrives with his parents at the Proton Therapy Center in Prague September 9, 2014. REUTERS/David W Cerny

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Ashya King, a 5-year-old British boy with a brain tumour, lies on a stretcher as he arrives with his mother Naghemeh King at the Proton Therapy Center in Prague September 9, 2014. REUTERS/David W Cerny

Ashya King, a 5-year-old British boy with a brain tumour, lies on a stretcher as he arrives with his mother Naghemeh King at the Proton Therapy Center in Prague September 9, 2014. REUTERS/David W Cerny

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Brett (L) and Naghemeh King, parents of 5-year-old Ashya King (not pictured), wait next to an ambulance car at the Proton Therapy Center in Prague September 9, 2014.  REUTERS/David W Cerny

Brett (L) and Naghemeh King, parents of 5-year-old Ashya King (not pictured), wait next to an ambulance car at the Proton Therapy Center in Prague September 9, 2014. REUTERS/David W Cerny

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A still from a video posted on YouTube showing Brett King with Ashya, explaning why he took him from hospital without doctors’ consent. Photo: Press Association

A still from a video posted on YouTube showing Brett King with Ashya, explaning why he took him from hospital without doctors’ consent. Photo: Press Association

Ashya with his mother Naghemeh King. The parents of five-year-old English boy Ashya King, who were detained after taking him abroad for brain tumour treatment, say their son is now free of cancer

Ashya with his mother Naghemeh King. The parents of five-year-old English boy Ashya King, who were detained after taking him abroad for brain tumour treatment, say their son is now free of cancer

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Ashya King, a 5-year-old British boy with a brain tumour, lies on a stretcher as he arrives with his parents Brett (2nd L) and Naghemeh King (2nd R) at the Proton Therapy Center in Prague September 9, 2014. REUTERS/David W Cerny

THE British boy with a brain tumour, whose parents were briefly arrested in Spain when seeking alternative care, arrived at a Prague hospital for treatment yesterday.

Ashya King's parents took him from a hospital in southern England against medical advice at the end of August and left the country, triggering a manhunt that drew widespread condemnation in the British media of the police's pursuit of the couple.

The couple were detained in Spain, separated from their five-year-old son and then released days later by a Spanish judge. They said they wanted to take him to hospital in Prague that offered proton radiation therapy.

The boy arrived with his parents at Prague's Motol Hospital, one of the country's top health facilities, yesterday.

He is due to receive a series of 30 sessions of proton beam radiotherapy under full anaesthesia at the newly-built Proton Therapy Centre across town.

"Under the optimum scenario, he will undergo examination in the proton centre tomorrow and radiotherapy will be planned, and started next week," said Jan Stary, head of the child haematology and oncology clinic in Motol, said before the family arrived.

Doctors first had to make sure the cancer had not spread through the spine before confirming the treatment plan, he said. They have been in touch with British and Spanish colleagues, he said.

Irish Independent