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Sick Oscar Knox improving after lung setback

By Chris Kilpatrick

Little Oscar Knox is continuing his fight for life as thousands rally behind the youngster.

The brave Belfast boy’s legion of well-wishers inundated his Twitter account and Facebook page with messages of support after a week of agonising highs and lows for the four-year-old’s family.

Last week Oscar travelled to Philadelphia with parents Stephen and Leona and sister Izzy in the hope he would finally receive potentially life-saving treatment for stage four neuroblastoma, which causes tumours to develop in the stomach, spine, chest and neck.

But doctors delivered the devastating news that he also has a serious heart condition, ruling out the planned six months of immunotherapy he was due to start.

At the weekend a lung collapsed. Yesterday his parents tweeted: “I'm sure you appreciate, things are changing here by the hour. Highs and lows, smiles and tears. But the fight Oscar is putting up is unbelievable.”

They added later: “Oscar's collapsed lung is slowly looking better on X-ray and heart function improving. Keep going Oscar! You can do it!”

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