Com­edy star’s mes­sage to leukaemia- bat­tling Josh, 9

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COMIC celebrity Michael McIntyre is known for his big show Send To All.

Now, he’s send­ing a mes­sage to nine- year- old leukaemia fighter Josh Nicholson, from Soli­hull.

In a video, Josh’s mum Vicky in­tro­duces Michael, who pro­ceeds to send him well wishes and a “Merry Christ­mas”.

Josh was di­ag­nosed with acute lym­phoblas­tic leukaemia in Au­gust 2014 when he was aged just five.

Since then, he has had a num­ber of com­pli­ca­tions in­clud­ing three episodes of acute pan­cre­ati­tis caused by can­cer- treat­ing medicines.

In Jan­uary 2017, Josh, from Fern­down Road, had an ex­tra­or­di­nary amount of chemo­ther­apy and eight rounds of to­tal body ir­ra­di­a­tion.

That was be­fore he had a stem cell trans­plant us­ing his two- yearold brother Luke’s cells and bone mar­row in April 2017.

The trans­plant had gone well but within a few months Josh was faced with sec­ondary pneu­mo­nia and was on life sup­port for nearly two weeks.

To the sur­prise of med­i­cal staff, Josh man­aged to fight back and de­spite be­ing on 24- hour oxy­gen, he be­gan re­build­ing his life back at home in Soli­hull.

Un­for­tu­nately, Josh’s leukaemia re­cently re­lapsed in his cen­tral ner­vous sys­tem.

Chemo­ther­apy be­gan straight away and he is now cur­rently un­der­go­ing rel­a­tively new treat­ment called “Car T Cell” ther­apy at Lon­don’s Great Or­mond Street Hospi­tal.

Michael McIntyre’s video is the lat­est well- wish­ing mes­sage Josh has re­ceived. He has pre­vi­ously been sent mes­sages from celebrity chef, Chelm­s­ley Wood’s Glynn Pur­nell.

Josh’s mum says the fam­ily is over­whelmed by the re­ac­tion and sup­port for Josh and his fight.

“We have been over­whelmed by the love and sup­port from peo­ple far and wide,” she says. “We thank you all so very much. “Josh was very pleased with the video from Michael.

“He found it re­ally funny!”

josh wa s very pleased with the video from Michael. JOSH’S MUM VICKY

A still from Michael McIntyre’s video mes­sage to Josh. Right, Josh with mum Vicky and dad Matt

Josh with brother, Luke and dad, Matt

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