Hornchurch cancer fighter Mitchell Huth returns home from Mexico
PUBLISHED: 11:56 19 June 2012 | UPDATED: 11:56 19 June 2012
A Hornchurch cancer fighter has returned home from Mexico after undergoing life saving treatment.
Mitchell Huth, 6 who has neuroblastoma flew back to his home in Wingletye Lane today (Tuesday June 19) from Hope 4 Cancer Centre in Playas de Tijuana and is responding well to experimental photodynamic therapy treatment.
Family friend, Natalie Galluzzo said: “The treatment appears to be working.
“I even spoke to Mitchell on the phone and he has been telling me about all the things that he has been eating and the first thing he said to me was ‘my cancer is dying’”.
The treatment, which uses natural light to attack cancer cells through a machine which resembles a tanning sunbed, has reduced Mitchell’s largest tumour on his skull by 30 per cent.
Mitchell, who has been able to walk and run for the first time in months is set to continue the treatment for a year at home.
Family friend, Peter Reynolds has built a light therapy room, similar to the one where Mitchell was treated in Mexico in the family’s garden.
Mitchell’s mum Krystel has also been trained by the doctors at the centre in how to use the equipment and the medicine, which costs up to £2,000 is due to be sent to his home.
Natalie said: “It’s an amazing feeling because it means that all the fundraising and hard work that everyone has been doing has paid off.
“Mitchell is a real fighter and he was never going to give up, but it is such an overwhelming feeling.”
Mitchell, who was diagnosed with neuroblastoma in 2010, flew out to Mexico a month ago for what was believed to be his last chance to save his life after he failed to respond to chemotherapy at Great Ormnond Street Hospital.
A number of fundraising events have been planned for the youngster to help to raise the funds needed for him to continue his treatment including a barn dance on July 21 at the Upminster Equestrian Centre in Harwood Hall Lane.
Linza Corps, the founder of Families Against Neuroblastoma welcomed the good news about Mitchell, but said that it was important that the fundraising activities continued.
She said: “We are all ecstatic that Mitchell is doing well, because it is a massive hope for his future and other children with neuroblastoma.
“Neuroblastoma has a high relapse rate, so I don’t want people to think this is the end, the family are still going to need lots of financial support.”
Tickets for the barn dance cost £40 from 07967 507230, to donate to Mitchell’s appeal visit http://www.bmycharity.com/MitchellHuthAppeal