The young boy has beaten leukemia two times and is ready to start his school education. His mother Kirsty Knighton told there were times she had thought she would never see four-year-old son Josh Stockhill in his school uniform on his first day.
Josh is a little boy who has already dealt with things most of us do not even think about throughout our lives. The young, brave kid has beaten leukemia two times and is ready to start his school education. His mother Kirsty Knighton told there were times she had thought she would never see four-year-old son Josh Stockhill in his school uniform on his first day.The four-year-old was first diagnosed with acute leukemia when he was eight months old. Just after the diagnosis, the boy's parents were told he might not make it through the night.
After nine months of chemotherapy treatment, parents Kirsty Knighton, 36, and Craig Stockhill, 40, were dealt another blow - when they were told Josh had relapsed at just two years old.
However, the courageous Josh defied the odds and made his parents super proud by starting his first day at Leighton Primary School in Peterborough.
Ikea worker Kirsty, while talking about Josh's first day to school, said: "I got so emotional when he tried the uniform on. We have seen so many children who have not made it through our journey - we are so thankful Josh has this chance."
"He went in to see his new classroom and meet his teacher, and he's so excited to start properly," she added.
Josh has three older brothers and one younger brother, was first diagnosed at just eight months old - before he was even old enough to start crawling.
"We started noticing him coming out in bruising, which we thought was a bit strange as he wasn't even moving about at that point. We took him to the doctor, who sent us to Peterborough City Hospital for a blood test. They told us they suspected leukemia, and they sent us to Addenbrookes Hospital at 8 pm that same evening, where we were told he had infantile acute lymphoblastic leukemia," Kirsty said.
"We were devastated. We were floored by it. We never, ever thought it would be that."
What's fortunate is that a match for brain marrow donation was soon found, from a patient in Spain.
The family moved to Bristol for eight months, for Josh to receive the donation, and recover from the treatment. Josh showed a great recovery after his bone marrow transplant.
"We mark every milestone, and with each one he is getting better and better. He will be on medication for life, and under consultation for life, because of how severe his leukemia was. We don't know what the future holds for him. But he's such a jolly child. He's so excited to start school," Kirsty told.
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