Celebrations as Wisbech girl is finally in remission
A six-year-old girl can finally enjoy bouncing on her trampoline for the first time in two years after getting the all-clear from leukaemia.
Simon and Michelle Chaplin received the good news that daughter Chloe is now in remission two weeks ago.
Brave Chloe kept a smile on her face throughout her battle with the illness, which began when she was just four-years-old.
She has missed out on playing on her trampoline, deep baths and swimming due to the Hickman line, a central venous catheter.
But the family are hoping to head back to the swimming pool this weekend to give Chloe the chance to swim for the first time in two years.
People across Fenland have rallied around to raise more than £15,000 to make Chloe’s dream of swimming with dolphins come true. The family are due to be heading over to America next summer.
Mrs Chaplin, of The Chase, Wisbech, said: “It was almost surreal to be told that Chloe was in remission. You almost don’t believe it after two-years of chemotherapy and treatment.
“It is beginning to sink in more.
“She has had her first splashy bath for the first time in two years. It is amazing as she was the happiest little girl just to splash in the bath. Chloe said yesterday ‘I’m a normal girl again’.
“She is so excited to go swimming again. Things that other people take for granted, she couldn’t do. It is amazing to watch her.”
Chloe started showing symptoms of the disease in 2013 when she began suffering from severe tiredness and virus-like symptoms.
She was taken to her GP and, after several tests, was diagnosed with leukaemia at just four years old.
Chloe started chemotherapy straight away and had to have blood transfusions as she was so anaemic.
Mr and Mrs Chaplin received the good news that Chloe would not require any more treatment during an appointment in Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, on September 24.
Mrs Chaplin has thanked Peckover School along with the countless people who supported the family and the appeal. They are due to fly out to America next August.