Rhys is cancer free and he’s coming home

Rhys Hume.
Rhys Hume.

A four years-old Derry boy who successfully fought off a rare form of neuroblastoma is to return home where he will be reunited with his twin brother tomorrow.

The parents of little Rhys Hume from Fernabbey have told the Journal of their relief after medics told them he is now in remission.

Rhy Hume.

Rhy Hume.

Rhys has been forced to stay in hospital in Newcastle where he has been taking a trial drug to stop the condition coming back.

But his mum Pauline and twin brother Cien said the family are looking forward to getting Rhys back tomorrow.

“It’s been a long year,” explained Pauline. “Rhys has had chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Surgery removed 90% of the neuroblastoma and the radiotherapy blitzed the rest of it.

“I came home yesterday but Rhys will come back with his Daddy Noel tomorrow.”

Rhys will stay in Derry until December 20, however he will have to stay in Newcastle over Christmas as he continues taking the trial drug.

“Every 35 days Rhys has to go over to Newcastle,” explained Pauline. “He stays for ten days.

“He’ll miss Christmas here but we have decided to bring Christmas forward this year so our Christmas day will be on December 18.

“But we don’t mind. This drug has been life changing and we will do whatever we need to.”

See full story in Friday’s Journal