Family’s festive hope for little Charlie

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THE family of poorly tot Charlie Taylor are keeping everything crossed that he will be able to spend Christmas at home.

The five-year-old, who was diagnosed with grade four neuroblastoma in August, was allowed to go home after finishing his last round of chemotherapy earlier this month.

But since then, he has been readmitted on several occasions after developing a fever as a result of infections.

On his latest visit to the hospital though, Charlie did get a visit from Manchester City players Fabian Delph and Gael Clichy who came to wish the children on ward 84 at Manchester Royal Children’s Hospital a happy Christmas.

Even so, his mum Charlotte Marriott, five-year-old sister Grace and nan Veronica are hopeful he will be able to stay at home in Leigh for Christmas Day.

Veronica said: “Charlie has been home since his chemotherapy ended but gone back in after spiking temperatures.

“He was due back in the day clinic for a bone marrow aspiration on December 16 but he spiked a temperature on the Wednesday and had to stay in for a few days on a course of antibiotics.

“Fingers crossed, if things go well, we are hoping Charlie is home for Christmas because we want to make it special.

“In between his treatment, Charlie is getting back to his usual self being naughty and laughing a lot like he did before this monster took over him. He isn’t walking yet so he needs some more physiotherapy but he can crawl at a hundred miles a hour.”

After Charlie was diagnosed, he was placed on an intensive year-long treatment programme and recently finished his fifth course of intensive chemotherapy.

But the family have since been told that Charlie, who has also been diagnosed with autism and ADHD will need more chemotherapy.

Veronica said: “Charlie finished what we thought would be his last course of chemotherapy two weeks ago, and the next step would have been surgery.

“But after talking to his consultant Charlie’s primary tumor, the one behind his eye, is running under his brain along his brow bone and it’s too risky to operate there so he has to undergo more chemo.

“The consultant also said that there is a good chance the chemotherapy he has already had may probably have shrunk the tumor anyway.”

Veronica has also praised the hospital for sending a letter to all the nurses and staff on Charlie’s ward about his autistic tendencies, such as that he doesn’t like being touched and will tug on people’s clothes if he wants to show them something.

“We have signed a contract with Maddi’s Butterflies which is a registered charity so we will be fund-raising and getting a just giving page up and running so if anyone has any fund-raising ideas drop us a line at hand in hand with Charlie on facebook.”

Anyone wishing to help can also email handinhandwithcharlie@gmail.com.