Jan 2 2014 by Sophie McCoid, Skelmersdale Advertiser
MILLIE-ROSE HEATON’S family and friends were overjoyed to have their little girl back home with them for the festive period.
There were fears that the two-year-old, who is battling cancer, might not be well enough to make it home in time for Santa coming, but she was released on Christmas Eve and got to spend Christmas Day at home.
Her mum, Lyndsay, said: “I just want to thank all the nurses, doctors, play specialists, cleaners and all of the lovely people who have been supporting us over the past five weeks.
“We know that the doctors have pushed things to make our family Christmas dream come true and we know taht without the care of the oncology team at Alder Hey this wouldn't happen.
“I’d just like to thank them for making our Christmas the best Christmas ever.
“This time last year I stressed about how many presents the children had, how much food there was in the cupboards, but these past few months I’ve realised if you have your family with you at Christmas then nothing else matters.
“I'm thinking of everyone who has lost their special warriors this year and to those who haven't been as lucky as us to make it home.”
Millie is recovering after having a stem cell transplant to restore her bone marrow which had been depleted by gruelling chemotherapy.
She is fighting against stage four neuroblastoma, a childhood cancer which began as a tumour in her stomach and spread to her bone marrow.
The Skelmersdale toddler’s bone marrow is now clear of the cancer and her immune system is recovering after the intensive transplant.
Millie will have scans later this month to see if her bone marrow has remained clear before she undergoes a course of radiotherapy.
She returned to hospital as an outpatient every day over the festive period to have platelet infusions and other medicines, but all being well she will not need to be admitted to hospital for the foreseeable future.
Diane Clarke, her great aunt said: “Millie has had a quiet but lovely family Christmas, she had hundreds of presents and was spoilt rotten, but the best present of all was having her home.
“The next stage for Millie is radiotherapy but we’re unsure when that will happen hopefully if she remains well she can continue to receive treatment as an outpatient.”