WATCH: Hospital staff form guard of honour for girl who finished 18 rounds of chemotherapy
“When we were first told about the diagnoses she was really concerned about losing her hair."
PHOTO: Magazine Features

A brave schoolgirl who finished her 18th and final round of chemotherapy was rewarded with a guard of honour from hospital staff.

Alice Rossington, from Lincolnshire in England, was surrounded by staff at Cambridge University Hospital who had cared for ever since she was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer in October last year.

In a heartwarming video that’s been viewed more than 54 000 times on the hospital’s Facebook page, Alice can be seen walking down the hospital corridor while nurses and doctors cheer for her.

“Can I just say to every single one of you – thank you so much for everything you have done from the bottom of our hearts,” says her mom, Victoria, in the video. “Our family has been brought back together again because of what every single one of you has done.”

Her proud dad, Nick Rossington (52), says his little girl “took everything in her stride” and persevered through the devastating disease with the help of the hospital staff.  

“Her strength of character has been amazing and every single member of staff, from the nurses to the chefs, have been with us every step of the way,” he says.

Before the diagnoses he described his daughter as an “extremely happy girl who absolutely loves to dance.” They got alerted something was wrong after she started complaining of pain in her leg, which they thought were growing pains. Eventually doctors confirmed she had osteosarcoma – a type of cancer that forms in your bones, according to the American Cancer Society. She was given 18 rounds of chemotherapy over 26 weeks and also underwent an operation to remove a tumour. 

“When we were first told about the diagnoses she was really concerned about losing her hair but she has coped amazingly well with everything that’s been thrown at her,” he says.

Now in remission, Alice will start secondary school in January and is hoping to get back into dancing in the near future.

“We are a very close-knit family and her brother and sister have been very supportive, regularly visiting her at the hospital. It's brilliant to have her back at home,” adds Nick.

Source: Magazine Features

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