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Ashya King Reunited With His Mother And Father
Ashya King has been reunited with his parents in a Spanish hospital after they were released from prison near Madrid on Tuesday night.
Brett and Naghemeh King took the five year old abroad against the advice of doctors at Southampton General Hospital where he was was being treated for a brain tumour.
Today Mr King said he and his wife had been treated like "terrorists" - but they had only acted in their son's best interests.
Mr King said the family informed the hospital they were going to take Ashya out of the country so he could receive an alternative form of therapy.
But chief paediatrician Dr Peter Wilson said staff were taken by surprise and were "very, very worried" when they realised he was missing, which is why they called police.
Ashya is now being cared for at the Materno-Infantil hospital in Malaga, where Mr King says he will have to stay because of a temporary court order obtained by Portsmouth Council.
When asked earlier if he would do the same thing again, Mr King told Sky News: "Of course. 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."
Mr King told a news conference his wife had spent most of the time in custody crying and he had considered moving from the cell next to hers because he could not bear to listen to it.
He said: "Being locked up you can't do anything. You can't help your son, you can't help your wife. And you don't know the future; what's going to happen to Ashya without us. We didn't know what was happening.
"Hopefully now we can see our son, we can be together, we can show love to him, because without that there's no purpose to life."
Mr and Mrs King want to Ashya to have proton beam therapy at clinic in the Czech capital Prague, which they believe will increase his chances of survival.
Dr Wilson said that while Southampton General was aware of this "at no stage did the family say to us that they were going to take Ashya and go to Prague".
"When we found that he was missing from the trust, we were at first slightly surprised, and then very very worried," he said.
"There's quite a lot of information surrounding this case that we've not been able to share with the media that made us worry for Ashya's safety.
"We therefore, after having looked for him to ensure that we were not over-egging and jumping to conclusions, we did what we should and what any doctor or nurse does in this situation, which is contact the police."
The Proton Therapy Centre in Prague says it has been in contact with specialists at Southampton General, who have agreed to refer Ashya after two cycles of chemotherapy in the UK, which is likely to take several weeks.
Mr and Mrs King were arrested on Saturday near Malaga and taken to Madrid, where they were held in custody pending an extradition hearing.
They were freed after the Crown Prosecution Service decided to drop the case against them amid a growing clamour for the family to be reunited.
A hearing at the High Court in London on Tuesday was adjourned until next week to give Mr and Mrs King and the authorities time to reach an agreement on Ashya's future treatment. If they fail the judge will decide what is best for him.
A fundraising page set up to help pay for Ashya's proton therapy has so far raised more than £21,000, while Charity Kids'n'CancerUK said it has agreed to provide the £100,000 needed, plus living costs, after donors pledged £35,000 in 24 hours.
Chief executive Mike Hyman said: "I have spoken to Ashya's brother, Naveed, and he is dead chuffed."