- Daisy Biles was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in June 2019
- He underwent two years of grueling treatment at Norwich University Hospital
- But he cleaned everything earlier this month and rang the hospital bell
After two years of grueling treatment, a four-year-old girl has finally rang the bell for treatment by defeating cancer.
Daisy Biles of Lowestoft in Suffolk was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in June 2019 after doctors mistakenly thought she was suffering from a cold.
His mother, Shari McKay, found him unconscious in the morning and was rushed to the hospital a few hours later after receiving a disastrous diagnosis.
Since her diagnosis, Daisy has spent most of her time at Norwich University Hospital, where she lost her hair and developed 16 infections in response to chemotherapy and blood transfusions.
But it all became clear to him earlier this month and heartwarming footage captured him ringing the hospital bell to mark the end of his journey.
Ms McKay, 36, said it has been ‘a painful time for the whole family’ but Daisy is ‘such an inspiration’ and has the ‘most beautiful personality’.
Four-year-old Daisy Biles of Lowestoft, Suffolk, beat cancer and rang the bell at Norwich University Hospital on September 14
In June 2019, she was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia after doctors mistakenly thought she was suffering from a cold. She has spent most of the past two years in the hospital receiving chemotherapy, steroid medication, as well as platelets and blood transfusions
Daisy’s mother Shari McKay, 36, said it has been “a painful time for the whole family”, but Daisy is “such an inspiration” and has the “most beautiful personality”.
Her mother said Daisy had become unwell after getting jabs at the age of two, but doctors were confident she had a cold and was nothing to worry about.
Ms McKay, a single mother who quit her job as a cleaner to care for Daisy, said: ‘One day I woke up and she turned white and was not moving so I rushed her to the hospital and that’s when I was told it was cancer. . It took me a few hours to process.’
Acute lymphoblastic leukemia affects white blood cells.
Around 800 people in the UK are diagnosed with cancer each year, which progresses rapidly and aggressively and requires immediate treatment.
What is acute lymphoblastic leukemia?
Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is a type of blood cancer that begins in young white blood cells in the bone marrow.
There are about 790 new cases in the UK every year. In the US, ALL affects about 1.7 adults per 100,000.
Anyone can develop ALL, however, it mainly affects young people.
Many of the symptoms are vague and flu-like, such as general weakness, fatigue, fever, frequent infections, and bone or joint pain.
Doctors don’t yet know what causes cells to mutate and cause cancer, but risk factors include previous chemotherapy, smoking, being very overweight, genetic disorders such as Down syndrome, and a weakened immune system.
Research shows that breastfeeding and exposure to the infection in childhood can reduce a person’s risk.
The main treatment is chemotherapy. Patients may also have radiotherapy, steroids, or bone marrow transplants.
About 70 percent of people will live five years or more after being diagnosed with ALL.
Both adults and children can be affected, but most cases are under the age of five.
After being diagnosed in June 2019, Daisy spent most of her time at Norwich University Hospital receiving treatment over the next two years.
Her mother said: ‘At the time, we didn’t have money for clothes or food and I am a single mother of seven children so I had to leave my children at home to take care of each other while I was home. Hospital with Daisy.
‘It was a painful time for all of us as he didn’t know if I was going to come home with his sister or not’.
Daisy received chemotherapy, steroid medication, as well as platelets and blood transfusions.
Within two weeks she had lost all her hair and was so unwell that she had nine fungal infections, two line infections, two sepsis, twice pneumonia.
Ms McKay said: ‘I was with him every second of the day and there was a bed right next to him.
‘Whenever we got home, I’d go straight back to the hospital if he got a temperature or felt like it.’
And just before the bell rang, Daisy ‘almost died again’ because she had another infection. It is not clear what this infection was.
But she finished her treatment on 21 August and was able to ring the bell on 14 September, which her mother described as the ‘most incredible moment’.
Ms McKay said: ‘It has been a painful time for the whole family, but she is such an inspiration and her hair has become thick, curly and wavy and she has the most beautiful personality.
‘After she rang the bell, I had a small party with her friends and family and we all celebrated the end of the most difficult time of our lives.
‘I cried straight after he rang the bell – we’ve made such a close bond with all the staff and it’s like a little family there.
‘I was so blessed to have the NHS by my side and I will never take life for granted again.’