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Sep 15, 2014 3:53 AM

British boy gets 1st proton treatment in Prague

The Associated Press

PRAGUE (AP) A British boy at the center of an uproar after his parents took him from a U.K. hospital without doctors' consent is receiving the first treatment for his brain tumor in the Czech capital.

Monday's treatment was the first of 30 radiation sessions planned for 5-year-old Ashya King at Prague's proton center.

His parents, Brett and Naghmeh King, had fought a protracted battle to get their son treated with proton beam technology, which targets tumors more directly than radiotherapy but is not yet available for patients with brain tumors in Britain.

Czech doctors say that 70-80 percent of patients in Ashay's condition survive and that they hope Ashya will fully recover.


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