What a fighter – Nyle Delaney is hoping for a healthy future after being told by doctors he is free from cancer after three years.
The four-and-a-half-year-old, from Crookesmoor in Sheffield, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia at just 15 months, but has made excellent progress during a long course of treatment.
His mum Rebecca, aged 35, and grandmother Sharon, 61, said Nyle’s recovery should give other parents hope that youngsters can successfully overcome such serious diseases.
Sharon, of Netherthorpe, Sheffield, said: “We want people to know that when they’re babies they can survive. He’s done really well and gone through an awful lot.”
Rebecca said her son’s last bone marrow test results were free from cancer cells, adding: “It’s such a relief .”
Nyle’s good news comes less than a week after The Star reported how 11-year-old Ellie Thompson, from Jordanthorpe, Sheffield, had beaten the same condition.
Sharon said Nyle was taken to the doctors feeling unwell on several occasions before tests confirmed his cancer.
She said: “He went through intensive chemotherapy, lost his hair and needed steroids and blood transfusions.
“We didn’t really know what to do. You don’t really know anything about leukaemia until it happens in your family.
“From now on, he won’t have to take any more medication. We want to make sure other people know that, as a baby, they’ve got a chance of surviving these diseases.”
Rebecca also has two daughters, Sophie, 18, and 13-year-old Tilly who have both helped their mum through the worst of Nyle’s ordeal.
Sharon said: “The medication made him grumpy sometimes and he cried a lot at first, but he has been so good about it.”
Nyle is set to start at Lydgate Pre-school in Crosspool in September, and is being sent on a trip to Florida in July by charity Make A Wish Foundation.
Sharon said she would like to see Nyle ‘healthy and happy’ for the rest of his life.
She said: “Hospital visits are all he’s known – I want him to be what he wants to be, and not have to go through any more treatment.”