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'Miracle' bone marrow op boy now back home

By Lesley Houston

A seven-year-old boy from Crumlin is a “little miracle man”, according to his doting mum after just returning home from a life-saving bone marrow operation in England.

Four months ago doctors gave Patrick Campbell only a 15% chance of beating a very rare form of cancer.

But after a long and scary wait his mum Mairead said all his tests have now come back clear, and after a successful bone marrow operation he can't stop smiling.

“To see him like this is just every mother's dream,” she told UTV. “Long, long journey but worth it. To see him giggling and laughing and happy makes my day, makes my life.”

In order for Patrick to undergo the complex operation, surgeons at the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children needed the boy’s cancer to be in remission.

Thankfully it went in to remission in time, but for his family it has been a very painful rollercoaster ride.

“At one point they thought the disease may have come back, so they did a huge big scan and it came back clear. The consultant said, in fact, it was ‘pristine’, but she said it like it was normal, and I thought— ‘say that again’,” said Mairead. “I just wanted to hear that over and over again!” The Campbell family paid tribute to the community's support, and they have been astounded by Patrick's incredible fighting spirit in the face of such adversity.

“It is just awesome,” his mum said.

Patrick is not yet able to eat solid food and faces many battles in what will be a long recovery process.

His family however, believe they have witnessed a miracle.

“I came down the other morning and he was sitting playing with his sister and it was just what you want to see and then five minutes later they were arguing,” Mairead said.

“I just went ‘thank you God’, because it could have been a completely different scenario, he’s a wee miracle man.”

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