Four-year-old gets to ring bell to end cancer treatment

December 23, 2018 Updated: January 6, 2019

When 4-year-old Holly Hughes was getting ready to celebrate her second birthday, her parents were given news that completely derailed the little girl’s upcoming celebration.

“I was away in America and Christina, my fiancé, phoned me to say Holly was misbehaving,” explained her dad, Chris.

“We didn’t think anything of it but when I came back, we noticed she looked pale.”

That was when she was diagnosed with leukemia, and the next two years of her life were a daily battle—literally. She went through over 600 chemo treatments, getting daily doses to aggressively fight the disease.

Chris Eggy Hughes 发布于 2018年8月7日周二

Initially given less than two months to live if her treatment didn’t begin immediately, the tiny tot’s life was turned upside down as she fought to stay alive—first to her third birthday, and then to her fourth. In among the chemo treatments, she was put to sleep to have injections in her spine, learning almost immediately that she had to grow up in a short span of time in order to keep fighting and remain optimistic.

This August, though, her grueling regimen finally came to an end.

Congratulations to 4 year old Holly Hughes who rang the bell at University Hospital Coventry yesterday after completing 2 years and 2 months of treatment for Leukaemia! Huge thanks to Mum, Christina, for sending Holly’s video to us so that we could share it with you. Love and best wishes to you all 🎉🔔❤️🎗#endoftreatmentbell #endoftreatmentbells

End of Treatment Bells 发布于 2018年8月8日周三

With her smiling parents at her side and dozens of members of the hospital staff at Coventry’s University Hospital cheering her on from the hallway, Holly got to ring a very special bell. Known as “end-of-treatment bells,” these are common in hospitals for patients who come in fighting for their lives—and win the battle.

In this case, it signified that Holly was hopefully heading home for good; her treatment was complete and she was finally, after more than two long years, cancer-free.

Chris Eggy Hughes 发布于 2018年8月7日周二

“It will take a while for it to sink in,” admitted her mom, Christina, who brought Holly’s new little brother Harry along for the momentous farewell.

“We didn’t expect so many people to be at the ringing of the bell. We tried to prepare her for what was going to happen, but so many people turned up.”

Nurses lined the hallways while the tiny girl gave a mile-wide grin and finally rang the bell. It’s impossible to watch without tearing up—but this is the kind of happy ending everyone hopes for!

 

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