British parents reunite with son at hospital

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Associated Press

Posted on September 3, 2014 at 3:00 PM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 3 at 3:01 PM

MADRID (AP) — The British parents who were pursued by police for taking their critically ill son out of a British hospital for treatment in another country have reunited with the child after they were released from a prison in Spain.

A hospital spokeswoman says the parents visited five-year-old Ashya King at a hospital in the Spanish city of Malaga (MAL'-uh-guh). But local authorities received word from British officials that they shouldn't be allowed to take him out of the hospital. A hospital spokeswoman says it's because a British judge has made the child a ward of the court.

The parents were sought by police on child cruelty charges after they took Ashya, who has been treated for a brain tumor, out of a British hospital against doctors' advice. They then traveled to Spain where they planned to sell a property to pay for proton beam radiation therapy in the Czech Republic or the United States.

They were arrested on Saturday and were being held in a prison near Madrid pending a British extradition request, but were released after U.K. authorities dropped the charges against them.

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196-a-17-(Brett King, father of five-year-old Ashya, with reporters)-"have any visitors"-Brett King, the father of five-year old Ashya, says he was worried knowing his son may have only months to live and was not allowed to see even other family members. (3 Sep 2014)

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195-a-07-(Brett King, father of five-year-old Ashya, in interview)-"was going abroad"-Brett King, the father of five-year old Ashya, says he can't understand why he was chased by police when he'd told the hospital in England where he son had been treated. COURTESY: Sky News ((mandatory on-air credit)) (3 Sep 2014)

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194-a-08-(Brett King, father of five-year-old Ashya, in interview)-"into a vegetable"-Brett King, the father of five-year old Ashya, says he and his wife would do anything to get the best possible care for their boy. COURTESY: Sky News ((mandatory on-air credit)) (3 Sep 2014)

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APPHOTO DO110: Brett and Naghemeh King, parents of Ashya King, speak during a press conference in Sevilla, Spain, Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. The British parents are heading to see him at a hospital in southern Spain following release their from custody after United Kingdom authorities dropped accusations of child cruelty against them. Brett King, the father of 5-year-old Aysha, told reporters in the Spanish city of Seville that everything he and his wife did for their son was for the boy's own good. The boy has a brain tumor and is hospitalized in Malaga, about a 2-hour drive from Seville. The parents were incarcerated near Madrid on Monday and released Tuesday night. (AP Photo/Miguel Angel Morenatti) (3 Sep 2014)

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