A YOUNGSTER who spent 19 weeks in hospital battling two types of blood cancer is back home with her family.
Lauryn Robinson, seven, is back with her family in Mold after undergoing the last round of chemotherapy treatments in her fight against acute lymphoblastic leukaemia and Burkitts non-Hodgkin lymphoma and is now in remission.
The inspirational youngster is currently the only child in the world with the dual condition, but with her being in remission her family is optimistic.
Her mum Emma said she was delighted her ‘horrible year’ has come to an end, but added the family will always be acutely aware of the possibility of the cancer returning.
She said: “We’re absolutely over the moon but desperately not wanting it to come back, we’re always looking over our shoulders.
“It’s been awful, a horrible year. We’re hoping 2014 will be better and we’re trying to keep positive throughout everything.
“It’s difficult to see your child unwell, but when it’s something so horrific it’s absolutely awful.
“The doctors are keeping a closer eye on her because of the rarity of her condition.
“They usually wouldn’t test so frequently but because of what Lauryn has she’ll have to have monthly bone marrow biopsies.”
The condition, known as dual-hit leukaemia, is extremely rare. Medical studies suggest there are only 27 confirmed cases with an average patient age of 51.
Brave Lauryn spent 19 weeks at Alder Hey children’s hospital in Liverpool from May until September, with a further week spent in Wrexham Maelor earlier this month.
Last week, Lauryn spent a final week in Alder Hey for chemotherapy and has now returned home.
Emma said her daughter, who attends Ysgol Bryn Gwalia, Mold, had been incredibly strong throughout the long process but said she is cautious against celebrating in case the cancer returns.
“She’s been very unwell but she’s still smiling, it’s incredible really,” she added.
“Lauryn’s been really strong and dealt with it incredibly well.
“We hope with all our hearts that it is the end – that would be amazing.
“Obviously we’re ecstatic Lauryn’s home, but it’s very difficult to celebrate because we really don’t know what’s going to happen in the future.”
Emma said her daughter, a massive Formula One fan, has received a cap worn by Lotus’ French driver Roman Grosjean at a race during this season through a friend.
The racing driver has asked Lauryn to write to him now she has his hat.
“Lauryn’s absolutely thrilled to bits and is planning to write to him as soon as she can,” her mother said.