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Crowd-funding campaign helps save young cancer patient Daryl

A teenager from Somerset, who was refused funding on the NHS to treat an incredibly rare type of cancer, is now preparing to go back to school. Daryl Allinson had his treatment paid for by a crowd-funding campaign.

Daryl's family say he was effectively left to die after their pleas for treatment on the NHS went unanswered. But thanks to the generosity of people across the West Country, he's now back to full health.

Daryl is now back at home with his family after two years of treatment. Credit: ITV News

For the first time in almost two years, the teenager will be returning to school - a milestone his family feared they might never see.

In 2015 the 14-year-old from Frome was diagnosed with an incredibly rare form of Leukaemia. He is the only child in the country to be diagnosed with this type of Leukaemia. But he bravely faced the bleak prognosis with remarkable maturity.

He went into remission after having a bone marrow transplant from his older brother, but last year the cancer returned. His family were told he would need a second, bigger transplant - something the NHS refused to fund.

Daryl with his older brother Brad who gave him a bone marrow transplant. Credit: Family photo

But the community rallied around to support Daryl and his family. The football fanatic was even an honorary signing for Yeovil Town.

Daryl Allinson training with his heroes at Huish Park. Credit: ITV News

Donations poured in from around the world, and after two years of treatment Daryl will be getting back to normal, which is something he has been craving.

Daryl's mum, Sam Allinson spoke of how proud she is of her son and how he would never stop smiling despite what he's been through.

Daryl never stopped smiling. Credit: Family photo