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'We've made it': nine-year-old Henry beats the odds and is cancer-free after years of treatment

Nine-year-old Henry Hallam has faced years of gruelling treatment for Neuroblastoma and was given a slim chance of survival. Credit: ITV West Country

A nine-year-old boy from Plymouth who has faced years of gruelling treatment for a rare form of childhood cancer is now free of the disease.

Henry Hallam was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma when he was three years old.

It affects around 100 children each year in the UK and has one of the lowest survival rates of all childhood cancers.

Henry was over-joyed that he got to ring the 'end of treatment' bell at Bristol Children's Hospital Credit: ITV West Country

His mum, Elsbeth Hallam, said: "He went through such aggressive treatment, and he'd already been through so much. It was just very. very tough."

Despite the immense challenges the family has faced, Elsbeth wants to spread the message to others that children who battle the disease can live a normal life.

Even though we do have a lot of hospital appointments, he has a relatively normal life. We go out, we ride our bikes and we enjoy family life together.

– Elspeth Hallam, Henry's mum

Henry continues to suffer from the side effects of his treatment and will still have medical tests until he is 16, but five years after treatment is finally cancer-free.

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