THE father of brain tumour patient Ashya King has thanked the Olive Press for helping to publicise his son’s plight.
The long-time expat – who fled to Spain with his family to get his son the best treatment possible – said he was ‘overwhelmed’ with all the local support on the Costa del Sol.
Speaking outside the Casares home he has owned for 11 years, Brett King revealed he was amazed at the coverage and support.
Talking the day before the family flew from Malaga to Prague so Ashya, 5, could receive proton beam treatment, he said: “Thanks so much for the support.
“We’ve always been very happy in Spain and will definitely be coming back.”
He added that he was a ‘big fan’ of the Olive Press and read it regularly, when living here, between time spent in the UK and abroad in places like Mexico and Haiti.
The family have now asked for wellwishers to send postcards to the family home in Casares del Mar, where they have lived on and off since 2003.
The Kings sparked an international manhunt when they removed Ashya from the Southampton General Hospital on August 28, after disagreeing with doctors, and fled to Spain.
As the Olive Press revealed last issue they stopped for various nights in the Axarquia before returning to their long time beachside home in Casares.
Ashya meanwhile has received the first of 30 sessions of treatment in Prague.
Under a general anaesthetic, he is being placed in a special plastic mould to keep him still, while his brain and spine are irradiated with protons.
According to sources at the clinic, the first day of therapy has gone according to plan and Ashya’s spirits are ‘improving daily’.