Mother’s tears of joy as son goes to school af­ter beat­ing can­cer

Yorkshire Post - - NEWS -

THE MOTHER of a four-year-old boy who fought for life af­ter be­ing struck down with child­hood can­cer neu­rob­las­toma wept tears of joy as he started his first day at school.

Ri­ley Hoult un­der­went 70 days of chemo­ther­apy treat­ment at Leeds Gen­eral In­fir­mary af­ter the dev­as­tat­ing di­ag­no­sis in Novem­ber 2014.

Fur­ther in­ten­sive chemo­ther­apy fol­lowed in April 2015 when Ri­ley, of Mid­dle­ton, Leeds, also un­der­went a stem cell trans­plant. He spent nine weeks in hos­pi­tal and was trans­ferred to the in­ten­sive care unit at LGI af­ter be­ing struck down with a lifethreat­en­ing in­fec­tion. Ri­ley un­der­went ra­dio­ther­apy and im­munother­apy treat­ment be­fore his fam­ily were told he was can­cer-free in July 2015. Ri­ley’s mother So­phie, 25 – pic­tured with him in 2015 – dropped him off for his first day of re­cep­tion classes at Sharp Lane Pri­mary School in Mid­dle­ton this week. Miss Hoult said: “I felt re­ally proud of him. “I was fine drop­ping him off, but when I got home I had a cry. I was so happy for him be­cause he is at school and he is hav­ing a nor­mal life now.”

She added: “He is brave and strong and is an in­spi­ra­tion to a lot of chil­dren out there who are go­ing through the same thing.”

Miss Hoult shared Ri­ley’s can­cer fight story on so­cial me­dia sites in a bid to raise aware­ness of neu­rob­las­toma. In De­cem­ber 2014, TV per­son­al­ity Kim Kar­dashian sent Ri­ley a mes­sage of sup­port on Twit­ter, writ­ing: “I’m pray­ing for you lit­tle man.”

In Fe­bru­ary 2015, West York­shire Po­lice launched an in­ves­ti­ga­tion af­ter Twit­ter trolls mocked Ri­ley as he fought the dis­ease.

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