A LITTLE boy who battled cancer throughout 2013 can look forward to a happy new year after being given the all-clear.
One-year-old Jack Higgins enjoyed “the best Christmas ever” – the first since being given the good news his family had been waiting for.
His mother, Lisa, of Aber View, Connah’s Quay, said they had had an “amazing Christmas” and were now looking forward to a positive new year with their adorable boy in better health.
Jack, who will celebrate turning two on January 26, was just 14-months-old when he was diagnosed with Wilms’ tumour – a form of childhood cancer which affects the kidneys.
He went through 23 weeks of chemotherapy during 2013, had his diseased kidney removed along with the tumour. He had been in and out of hospital for months.
But in November Lisa and husband John were finally told the family’s “torturous” six months of struggling with the tot’s disease was over.
Despite getting the all-clear, Jack will have return to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital every three months for the next two years for regular checks to see whether the tumour has returned.
But news that the youngster was winning his cancer battle meant a jubilant yuletide for the family.
“It has been an amazing Christmas – the best ever,” said Lisa, 28.
“He has been spoilt rotten this Christmas – when he opened his presents his face lit up.”
Lisa said it would take about five years before Jack was completely in the clear.
“We are looking forward to the new year but he has got to go back every three months for the next two years,” she said.
“It is definitely more positive but it is always there in the back of your mind that it could return.
“You think that when you get the all-clear that’s it but there is still a long journey ahead.”
While undergoing chemotherapy, Jack spent four days every three weeks wired to a machine at the Countess of Chester Hospital.
Lisa and John, who also have a two-year-old daughter, Megan, were both forced to give up working to look after their sick son.
Lisa, who works in the head offices of Iceland on Deeside, was able to return to work one week after Jack received the all-clear.