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The young brain tumour sufferer whose treatment sparked a row between his parents and UK officials was back on his feet yesterday, after treatment at a specialist Czech clinic.
Although pictures from outside the hospital showed Ashya King in a wheelchair, the five-year-old is reported to have walked along a hospital corridor while his parents watched on.
Brett King, 51, and Naghmeh King, 45, were thrown into a Spanish jail after they attempted to get Ashya proton therapy not normally available in the UK.
Mr and Mrs King were thrown into a Spanish jail for three days in August after taking Ashya from Southampton General Hospital without doctors’ consent.
They have vowed not to return to Britain.
Now, after six weeks of the treatment, Ashya is said to have improved greatly and is able to respond to questions as well as eat and drink normally.
He was due to be discharged from the hospital in Prague before flying three hours to the family’s holiday home in Malaga, Spain.
The family will meet with doctors before he begins low-toxicity chemotherapy.
Once he feels better, there is a trip to Disneyland – Paris to look forward to, organised by the Make-a-Wish Foundation.
Mr King told the Sunday People: ‘He was so happy. Like any other little boy, he’ll love it.’