Bradley Lowery’s family are determined to make his third birthday this weekend extra-special as they face anxiety over the next stage of his treatment.
The little fighter, (pictured) who turns three on May 17, has had an “up and down” few weeks, with “viral infection after viral infection”, according to his mum Gemma, 31.
Bradley, who was diagnosed with childhood cancer neuroblastoma last year, has to travel to Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI) once a week to have an injection to try to boost his platelets, the blood cells which help with clotting, ready for the next stage of his treatment.
The next stage will be a trial for immunotherapy, which uses the body’s own immune system to help fight cancer.
But his platelet count has not been rising, and medics are having to increase the dosage of treatment to raise the level.
Bradley, who lives in Blackhall with mum Gemma and dad Carl, both 31, and 12-year-old brother Kieran, also needs scans before the immunotherapy takes place to show where the nweuroblastoma is present.
Gemma said: “It’s a really anxious time. He needs an MIBG (meta-iodobenzylguanidine) scan, an MRI scan and a CT scan. We don’t know what’s going to happen.
“His birthday is going to be an extra-special one because we don’t know what the future holds. It’s an awful time just to be in limbo.”