THE family of a tot battling an aggressive cancer were reeling today after he suffered a serious relapse.
Three-year-old Braiden Prescott is currently receiving pioneering treatment for neuroblastoma at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, in America,
But doctors confirmed that despite apparently responding well to his third dose of immunotherapy last week, most of the cancer had now returned.
His devastated parents Stephanie Reece and Wayne Prescott were yesterday discussing with doctors the full extent of the news and their options.
Family say they are still unsure what to do, but they could consider abandoning the treatment to come home if they fear there is no hope for Braiden.
His grandad, Paul Reece, of Leigh, said; “Stef Skyped us last week in a state to let us know what has happened.
“Doctors had found something, but didn’t know what.
“He was originally in remission, otherwise he could not have had the treatment. It was building his immune system up so that if he did get it, he could fight it, but the cancer has come back before it had finished.
“We are all devastated, as it is not something we wanted to hear. We thought he would get treated over there and would come back home and things would be back to normal.
“We will have to see what the next move is. Some of us did expect the worse, but we have our fingers crossed that it will work. It is not the end yet - there is still a lot of fight left in Braiden.
“Braiden doesn’t understand what is happening but he knows he is poorly. But in the last month he has been like a normal three-year-old.
“He has been playing with his younger brother, Tyler, and was walking again.
“We honestly thought he was on the mend.”
The family is still fund-raising to cover the cost of the treatment, which is £250,000 and so far more than £140,000 has been raised.
Anyone wishing to help Braiden, who is supported by charity Neuroblastoma Alliance UK, can donate via the fund-raising website www.justgiving.com/braiden-lee, or by text message by texting BRLE99 and an amount to 70070.