The family of an eight-year-old girl who was given weeks to live are celebrating after the "miracle" news that she has overcome an inoperable brain tumour.
Claudia Burkill, was diagnosed with Metastatic PineoBlastoma - an incredibly rare and aggressive form of cancer with no known cure - in 2011.
On various occasions, Claudia's family were told she only had days to live. Yet that prognosis was completely reversed this week after she was put through an experimental treatment known as The Milan Protocol.
After receiving the results of her latest MRI scan by phone on Saturday night, Claudia's mother Andrea posted the following message on a Facebook page set up for her daughter:
It is thought to have made her the first person in the world to recover from the illness and marks a dramatic moment in a long and painful journey for Claudia and her family.
Shortly after her fifth birthday, she had turned ill following a family holiday. After being told by other medical professionals that Claudia simply had a virus, and then a squint, experts at Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham spotted the tumour at the centre of her brain.
Since then, Claudia has been through seemingly endless treatments and was officially registered as blind last year.
Despite the good news, Claudia has suffered "large amounts" of treatment-related brain damage throughout the process, her family says, with her brain volume now substantially less than is normal for an eight-year-old.
Nonetheless, as her family's emotional Facebook post shows, the knowledge that Claudia is set to survive is reason for them to believe themselves "the luckiest people in the world".