Surgery success for 'little miracle man'

Published Monday, 09 April 2012
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A seven-year-old boy from Crumlin, who is being described as the "little miracle man", is just back home after a life-saving bone marrow operation in England.

Surgery success for 'little miracle man'
Patrick has been described as a ‘little miracle’. (© UTV)

Four months ago Patrick Campbell's future looked very bleak, with doctors giving him just a 15% chance of beating a very rare form of cancer.

He spoke to UTV back in December just before the family headed across the water for surgery, not even knowing if he would be well enough for it.

But his mum Mairead says all his tests have now come back clear and after a successful bone marrow operation he can't stop smiling.

"To see him like this is just every mother's dream," she told UTV. "Long, long journey but worth it. To see him giggling and laughing and happy makes my day, makes my life."

To go ahead with the operation surgeons at the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children needed Patrick's cancer to be in remission. And it was.

But for his family it has been the most painful of rollercoaster journeys.

Mairead Campbell continued: "At one point they thought it might be the disease coming along back, so they did a huge big scan and it came back clear and the consultant said in fact it was pristine but she said it like it was normal and I thought, say that again.

"I just wanted to hear that over and over again!"

The Campbell family has paid tribute to the community's support, but it is Patrick's incredible fighting spirit which stands out.

"It just awesome," his mum said. "I was in awe of him the whole time. If it had of been me I would have been saying why me but he just did it."

Patrick is still not yet able to eat solid food and faces many battles in what will be a long recovery process.

But his family believe they have witnessed a miracle.

"I came down the other morning and he was sitting playing with his sister and it was just what you want to see and then five minutes later they were arguing," Mairead said.

"I just went thank you God because it could have been a completely different scenario, wee miracle man."

© UTV News
Comments Comments
Louise in Belfast wrote (692 days ago):
Brave wee boy. Best wishes to Patrick and his family.
AndyinLurgan in Lurgan wrote (1,027 days ago):
Well done wee man, All the best to you and your family - your a fighter ! :-)
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