When a young boy was diagnosed with cancer, doctors said that he was riddled with cancer from his ‘nose to his knees.
Freddy Wetherley’s mother, 25-year-old Alice Phillips, and father, 27-year-old Ricky Wetherley, did not expect their son would pull through.
But after their 5-year-old received intensive treatment, which has included chemotherapy, surgery and a stem cell transplant, he is finally in remission!
It was in 2018 when Freddy was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, which affects 100 children in the UK every year.
His body scans showed how serious the child’s condition was. Miss Phillips said: “We could see the cancer all over his body, it just seemed impossible that he would survive.
“But he has done wonderfully well and made an amazing recovery and we are very proud of him.”
A former nursery nurse, Miss Phillips said: “He had been such a healthy toddler and was hardly ever ill. Then he started to complain that his legs were hurting, but we didn’t think much of it at first. We just thought that he had a bug. We never imagined that it could be anything as serious as cancer.
“Then he started saying he didn’t want to go on fairground rides because his legs were hurting. So we took him to the doctors and then to hospital.”
Doctors did a scan and found the young boy had a large tumor in his stomach.
Freddy was referred to Great Ormond Street Hospital where he was diagnosed with neuroblastoma.
“When they told us what Freddy had it was devastating. We couldn’t believe it,” Miss Phillips expressed. “He was sick and exhausted through the treatment, but he has handled everything really well. He spent a lot of time on Facetime to his sister Freya, who is two, and that really helped him. He really looked forward to talking to her every day.”
When their child was finally given the all-clear, Miss Phillips said: “e’s back kicking a football around and has lots more energy again. He’s looking forward to starting school next week, and we can’t believe what an achievement that is. When we first saw that body scan, we didn’t think there was much hope.
“He really is our little miracle.”
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