The 4-year-old boy who defeated the coronavirus and battled rare cancer is allowed to go outside for the first time in two months
Four-year-old cancer patient Archie Wilks was allowed out for a ‘fantastic’ family walk after she eventually tested negative for Covid-19.
Archie, who is being treated for the rare childhood neuroblastoma in cancer, was diagnosed with coronavirus in late March – and only in mid-April did his parents Simon and Harriet say he appeared to be “ on the other side. ”
After finally testing negative four weeks later, Archie, his twin brother Henry and their parents were able to take the first walk in two months outside their home, through fields close to their home in Saffron Walden, Essex.
Four-year-old cancer patient Archie Wilks was allowed out for a family walk after testing negative for coronavirus
Wilks, 32, told PA news agency: “It was great to have Archie tested negative. We are completely isolated anyway because Archie is so vulnerable and we had to be extra careful knowing that he may have spread the virus in the past six weeks.
“The walk was fantastic. I did well to carry them both a mile home when they refused to continue walking.
“It was a little more difficult than I remember, they have grown over the past two months and we are a bit out of practice.”
He said leaving the house helped the whole family “clear our heads” and the twins went to bed more easily.
Archie, who is being treated for the rare childhood neuroblastoma in cancer, was diagnosed with coronavirus in late March
Archie (left) took a family walk in Essex with his parents Simon and Harriet and his twin brother Henry for the first time in two months outside
“Living in a rural area and not getting off the driveway for so long was mentally difficult, as we often went for a walk to clear our heads before closing,” he said.
“Just taking a short walk made all the difference for all of us. As most people notice, being indoors for so long is mentally difficult, especially with young children.
“Just leaving the house really excited the boys (and us) and it certainly lost some of their extra energy, calmed them down, and even put them both to bed on time.”
The boys enjoyed the walk on Saturday so much that the family went out again on Sunday for a Gruffalo hunt.
“Archie and Henry were in fever-fighting mode all day today. It was so much fun to be able to escape and have an adventure to end the day as friends, ‘said the family on the Archie’s Journey Facebook page.
The family has said that they go for a walk once a day to ‘save our minds’ and luckily they can enter the fields without having to walk close to anyone from other households
Mr. Wilks told PA: “We’re going for a walk in the fields behind the house, because luckily we can get there without walking close to someone from another household, but otherwise we still keep ourselves isolated at home.”
Archie’s story gave hope to many parents with critically ill children when PA reported last month that he survived Covid-19.
The Tottenham Hotspur fan even received a video message from English striker Harry Kane during a performance on ITV’s Good Morning Britain.
Archie was diagnosed with neuroblastoma in January 2019 after becoming so sick that he was unable to get up.
The rare cancer, which affects around 100 children each year in the UK and is most common in children under five, develops from specialized nerve cells (neuroblasts) left behind by the development of a baby in the womb.
More than £ 189,000 has been raised by family and friends for Archie to participate in a US vaccine trial that could reduce the chance of his cancer returning once he is in remission
The Tottenham Hotspur fan even received a video message from English striker Harry Kane during a performance on ITV’s Good Morning Britain
Two tumors were found around Archie’s kidney and spine, and the disease had spread to other areas, including his bones and bone marrow.
Family and friends are raising money to enable Archie to participate in a vaccine trial in the United States, which may reduce the chance of the cancer returning after a remission.
More than £ 189,000 has already been raised.
Mr. Wilks said that 50% of children successfully treated for neuroblastoma will relapse. Of those who relapse, 90% will not survive.
The gentleman said the vaccine trial at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York “ reduces the chances of that happening and lets us all know that we’ve done everything we can to give Archie the best chance at life. ”
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