The parents of five-year-old Ashya King, who were jailed for taking him abroad for brain tumour treatment, say their son is now cancer free after he was given treatment that was not available for him on the NHS,
The Kings were arrested in Spain last year because they had taken their son out of hospital in the UK, against the Doctors wishes, then fled with him to Spain.
The family plan to stay in Marbella where Ashya will continue his recovery. They have previously spoken of their apprehension about returning to the UK for fear social services would get involved.
The Telegraph reports: The five-year-old’s family have told of his “miracle” recovery, as the centre where he was treated declared him cancer-free, The Sun reported.
Ashya’s mother Naghmeh, who alongside her husband Brett sparked an international manhunt last summer by removing the little boy from hospital in Southampton without medical consent, described the news as incredible.
“If we had left Ashya with the NHS in Britain, he would not be with us today. He was too weak and would not have survived,” she told the paper.
Ashya was finally allowed to undergo treatment at the Proton Therapy Centre (PTC) in Prague for brain cancer after a long legal battle fought by his parents.
Ashya’s father Brett said his son’s condition now justifies their actions in taking him from Southampton General Hospital last August, to Spain where they have a holiday home.
He said: “We have saved his life”, adding that they would do the same thing again if they felt they had to.