Mother's joy as Josh back home after cancer operation
The mother of a teenage cancer sufferer who underwent major surgery two weeks ago has revealed that her son has been released from hospital.
Kim Martin has been reporting on her 13-year-old son Joshua's treatment for several months, and last night confirmed he was back at his Donaghadee home.
Friends and well-wishers from Northern Ireland and across the world have been following the Bangor Grammar School pupil's progress on social media.
The teenager had been admitted to hospital with suspected appendicitis last December but during surgery doctors found tumours in his abdomen.
On Christmas Eve, doctors diagnosed cancer, throwing the Martin family's world into turmoil. A primary tumour and five secondary tumours were removed, but others have been deemed currently inoperable.
The schoolboy has since undergone a gruelling chemotherapy treatment regime.
Yesterday Ms Martin wrote: "As a mum, my heart melts with pride when I watch how Joshua has come through the past six months. No teenager should ever have to face what our son has gone through, but his faith, courage, determination and even humour in the midst of all this has blown me away."
His father Tim, a pastor at Bangor Elim Church, has praised the devotion of parishioners who have held special prayer meetings for their "beautiful son".
The couple also thanked the medical staff who have cared for Joshua and say they continue to pray for a miracle for a full recovery by their beloved child.
Giving their heartfelt thanks to medical staff who have cared for him, the couple said in their latest update: "As always we would be so grateful if you would continue to pray for Joshua for complete healing. With very many thanks and much love."