Mum rings ‘cancer-free’ bell with baby son after months apart on chemotherapy
A young mum was filmed sobbing as she rang a "cancer-free" bell after spending months apart from her baby son while having treatment.
Footage shows Chloe-Leigh Todd, 20, emotionally celebrating in the hospital with her one-year-old lad held tightly in her arms.
The Gateshead mum was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia in June, after months of fatigue and unusual bruising.
It meant long stretches in hospital undergoing intensive chemotherapy, radiotherapy and immunotherapy to fight cancer that had invaded her white blood cells and was quickly multiplying.
Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, that meant lonely weeks without her baby boy, Dominic.
In October, she underwent a bone marrow transplant, as doctors warned that without out it the deadly disease would only return.
Luckily, thanks to a generous anonymous donor and the hard work of doctors at Newcastle's Freeman Hospital, she's finally been cured, Chronicle Live reports.
After more than 100 days after her transplant and months without any sign of cancer, Chloe-Leigh was able to return to the hospital to ring the bell that marks patients cancer-free and she did it with Dominic by her side.
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She said: "When I found out I'd had the all-clear and I was ready to ring the bell, tears just ran down my face. It was so many months of fighting.
"I had spent months away from my little boy since I got diagnosed, it was the hardest thing I'd ever had to do.
"The first time I was in I couldn't see him for seven weeks, so it was really hard.
"When I got out of hospital he didn't even recognise me."
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Chloe-Leigh says her fight has been made possible by support from her amazing family, especially mum Claire Holmes who even shaved her head in solidarity.
But her survival was also made possible by a mystery man who she's never even met.
Connected to her through blood cancer charity Anthony Nolan's register, the 'hero' donor gave his bone marrow to ensure Chloe-Leigh could enjoy the rest of her life with her little boy,
"I just want him to know how much I appreciate him and I'm so thankful for him, hopefully, one day I'll get to meet this hero who has saved my life."
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