A young girl suffering from neuroblastoma is now cancer-free after receiving pioneering treatment in Spain.
Isla, now five, was diagnosed with the rare form of cancer in March 2017 and given a 40% chance of survival.
Her parents raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for specialist treatment, which Isla has been undergoing in Spain since August last year.
The family, from Hornchurch in Essex, have now revealed that Isla is cancer-free and in remission.
Thank you to every single person that follows @islasfight with Isla being in remission & cancer free this gives every single child fighting Neuroblastoma incredible hope. We still need to continue fundraising for a Vaccine & other future treatments. Love #Teamisla Thank you 🙏🙏 pic.twitter.com/rldjW1aUCx
— Isla Caton (@islasfight) March 1, 2019
Tweeting the good news, they said: “We have just received the most amazing news – we can confirm that Isla’s treatment has worked and she is now completely cancer-free and in remission.
“We are completely overwhelmed and cannot thank you enough for the continuous support throughout Isla’s journey.”
Isla’s mum Nikki said she “burst into tears in the middle of the waiting room with everyone looking at me” when doctors shared the good news.
She said: “Isla is the first person to ever do this treatment so we weren’t sure what would happen.
“At times I was thinking, ‘is it worth this to put her through this?’
“It’s like a miracle really.
“It’s also brilliant news for the children that are waiting to start this treatment.”
Isla has received widespread support, including from West Ham United football club and accompanied captain Mark Noble as a mascot at London Stadium in early 2018.
Noble said: “It’s incredible. We got the news in the week and myself and Snods were standing next to each other and it was emotional, to be honest, as we went to see her in Barcelona in hospital and we knew what her and her family were going through.
“I’ve got close family friends who are close to her and she had been given a four per cent chance of living, so it’s incredible what the doctors and her treatment have done for her.
“Hopefully, her Mum and Dad and Isla can come home soon and enjoy some time with their family as soon as they can.
“It’s been a great week for everyone and it just shows what can happen when people pull together and raise a lot of money for a little girl.
“It’s so special and I’m just so pleased. Obviously I’ve got the pleasure of knowing her but I’m so pleased for her family because they’ve been through a lot.”