Harry Deeba given the all-clear following long battle with cancer
PUBLISHED: 20:35 16 August 2019
The parents of a toddler who has been battling a life threatening form of cancer for almost two years have announced the youngster is no longer showing any signs of disease.
Three-year-old Harry Deeba, from Taverham, was diagnosed with stage four high risk neuroblastoma, a cancer that forms in nerve tissue, in January 2018.
Since then his parents, Carly Howes, 32, and Ali Deeba, 38, have raised more than £300,000 through the charity Solving Kids Cancer, to send the youngster to New York for treatment that could stop the cancer from returning.
Today the pair announced that Harry's most recent scans show no evidence of disease, and thanked everyone who had helped raise money for treatment.
Writing on the Harry vs Neuroblastoma Facebook page, they said: "N.E.D three letters that held no significance to us 20 months ago. They stand for No Evidence Of Disease. We were so relieved to hear these words today."
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Despite the good news, Ms Howes said there was still a long way to go before normality was restored.
The family still need travel to New York three more times in the next eight months to complete the vaccination process, and the youngster will undergo surgery to remove his Hickman line.
Ms Howes said: "We were so relieved when we found out, although Harry himself was blissfully unaware of how important the news was. The worry will never go away, but you take each day in your stride and try to focus on all the positives. He's had his Hickman line for 18 months and not been able to get it wet, so we're excited that he can go swimming for the first time and have a proper bath where he can splash about. Hopefully the fun times will outweigh the anxiety."
As well as further treatment, Harry will also need to receive all his childhood vaccinations again, due to his weakened immune system.
Despite the long road that lies ahead, the family said they felt incredibly lucky and proud of their "little superhero".
Ms Howes added that any extra money raised through the Harry's Journey campaign would be forwarded on to another family undergoing the same battle against the disease.
To support the campaign, visit the Harry's Journey JustGiving page.