Boy, 5, cancer-free after family raised £232k so he could try experimental vaccine

A BOY of five is cancer-free after his family raised £232,000 so he could try an experimental vaccine in the US.

Liam Scott and his parents have been flying back and forth to New York for the treatment — which is not available on the NHS.

He is in remission and has finally been able to go to school.

Now, Liam’s family hopes to bring the vaccine to Britain.

Mum Claire said: “He has got so much energy. He’s getting stronger by the day.”

She said trying to raise a huge sum while caring for a very sick child was traumatic.

But she knows of other parents trying to fund similar treatment for their children and vowed: “I am going to make sure this vaccine gets to the UK.”

Liam, of Edenbridge, Kent, spent a year having gruelling treatment for neuroblastoma cancer.

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He was diagnosed with the disease, which hits 100 children a year in the UK, the day after his sister Kylie was born.

Liam’s family eventually decided an experimental vaccine in New York, with the potential to ­prevent the disease returning was their only option.

They set about fundraising the £232,000 needed and reached the target in July of last year.

The effort was helped by footballer Charlie Holmes, who ran 140 miles in 14 days live on Instagram to raise cash, and a flurry of attention on Twitter.

Over the past year, Liam’s family has been going to New York with special exemption from the US Covid-19 travel ban.

His dad, Mike, said: “Liam has a positive story. He has come out a normal, little boy, really, at the other end.

"The treatment has to come to the UK.”

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