THE mother of a two-year-old Leeds toddler who battled for life after being struck down with childhood cancer neuroblastoma has spoken of her joy after he was declared cancer free.
Brave Riley Hoult underwent 70 days of chemotherapy treatment at Leeds General Infirmary after the devastating diagnosis last November.
Further intensive chemotherapy followed in April when Riley, of Middleton, also underwent a stem cell transplant.
He spent nine weeks in hospital and was transferred to the intensive care unit at LGI after being struck down with a life threatening infection..
Riley’s family were told last month that he is in remission and cancer free as he undergoes radiotherapy sessions ahead of immunotherapy treatment.
Riley’s mother Sophie Hoult, 21, said: “It was like I had my little boy back again. It was such a relief, but I’ve always had faith in him.
“He is living his life again now. He is going to play areas and he is doing what any normal child would do.
“He has got loads of energy compared to when he was first diagnosed.
“I knew he was going to do it from the start. He has taken everything so well.”
Riley had his stem cell transplant on April 16.
But he became really poorly and was taken into intensive care at LGI for five days.
“He had a life-threatening infection and needed oxygen to breathe. It wasn’t nice to see him like that,” hum mum explained.
“He could have died. He was lifeless. That is the worst I have ever seen him. But we knew they were doing everything to help him.
“When he went to the intensive care unit he turned around really fast.”
Miss Hoult is sharing her son’s cancer fight story on social media sites in a bid to raise awareness of neuroblastoma.
More than 8,000 people have ‘liked’ the ‘Riley’s Journey’ Facebook page.
Last December, TV personality Kim Kardashian sent Riley a message of support on Twitter, writing: “I’m praying for you little man.”
In February, West Yorkshire Police launched an investigation after Twitter trolls mocked Riley as he fought the disease.