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Ashya Offered Flights By Prague Proton Centre
A Czech clinic has offered to fly brain tumour patient Ashya King and his parents to Prague for proton therapy treatment.
The couple took him out of a Southampton hospital without doctors' consent a week ago as they wanted him to undergo the technique that was not available for him on the NHS.
The family went to Spain where they have a property and apparently planned to sell it to pay for the therapy which costs tens of thousands of pounds.
They were detained under a Europe arrest warrant issued by the UK which was later withdrawn.
The couple were freed from prison on Tuesday night after British authorities abandoned their attempts to extradite them, amid a public backlash, and the trio were later reunited in a Malaga hospital.
Five-year-old Ashya, who has been made a ward of court, cannot be moved without the permission of a judge in the UK.
But if the judge rules he can be taken to Prague, the Czech Proton Therapy Centre have said they will help transport him.
Spokeswoman Iva Tatounova told Sky News: "We have a private jet ready when needed to transfer Ashya to Prague from Spain.
"We were asked by Spanish and UK specialists if we are ready and how the transportation will be provided.
"We told them we are ready and we can arrange it. If the court allows it and the parents agree with the treatment we can transport them here."
The centre claimed it had been sent Ashya's medical records and believed the technique was suitable for him.
A fundraising page set up to help pay for the treatment has so far raised more than £41,000, while charity Kids'n'Cancer UK said they have agreed to pay the £100,000 needed for Ashya's treatment, plus living costs, after donors pledged £35,000 in 24 hours.
Sky News understands a High Court judge may rule on the legal status of the boy before a formal hearing on Monday - if all sides can agree to the next steps.
They have been involved in discussions today and Ashya's family have apparently submitted plans to the court.
His father Brett King has hit out at the authorities' response after he and his wife removed him from hospital, saying they had been "treated like terrorists".
He claimed he had informed the hospital about their plans to take Ashya abroad for proton beam therapy, which was not available to him on the NHS. But he did not give a date for fear they would be stopped.
Southampton General told Sky News the family had made it clear they wanted to take Ashya to Prague, but staff were taken completely by surprise when it happened.
Dr Peter Wilson, chief paediatrician, said Mr and Mrs King were not keen on parts of the treatment which had been suggested, and there had been discussions about alternative therapies.
He added the hospital had "absolutely not" threatened them with an order which would have taken away their right to make decisions about Ashya's care.