A YOUNG girl who was winning her battle against a rare double blood cancer has suffered a major setback.
Lauryn Robinson, seven, spent 19 weeks at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool fighting lymphoblastic leukaemia and Burkitts non-Hodgkins lymphoma.
She is only child suffering with the dual condition anywhere in the world.
Lauryn returned home to Mold in October after her marathon chemotherapy spell and had been doing well in remission.
But now her new year will mean another new challenge after doctors told Lauryn and her family the cancer has returned in the form of a brain tumour.
Cancer was also found to have returned to her bone marrow.
Her family received the news just weeks before Christmas.
Her mum Emma, 34, said: “Lauryn had been doing so well – that’s the hardest part.”
“It was just so tough - we’d been planning on getting Lauryn back in to school the week we found out.
“We’d been to get her new school shoes, but then this happens and everything changes. It’s difficult because this has always been at the back of our minds, but you try not to think about it.
“You try and live in the moment - you just can’t look forward.”
The Ysgol Bryn Gwalia pupil turns eight tomorrow.
Three months ago her family were jubilant as she returned home to her family after undergoing her final rounds of chemotherapy. Now she faces a fresh fight.
Medical studies suggest there are only 27 confirmed cases across the globe of Lauryn’s condition, known as ‘dual-hit leukaemia’. The average patient age is 51.
Emma said her daughter would continue to be as strong as she has been throughout the most challenging year of her already remarkable life.
“Lauryn’s battling on,” she said.
“We spent two to three weeks in Clatterbridge Hospital [Wirral] for her treatment and she wasn’t able to move down her left side but now we’ve moved back home again and she’s beginning to walk.”
Despite the harrowing news, courageous Lauryn was still able to enjoy Christmas at home with her family.
“It was great to enjoy Christmas together as a family,” added Emma.
“It was really special and we want to spend as much time together as we can.”
Despite Lauryn’s condition, the family are granting her wish to visit London some time in the New Year as a birthday treat as the brave youngster has always wanted to visit the capital and take in Matilda the Musical.