Toddler beats stage 4 cancer
Doctors discovered that Molly had neuroblastoma when she was just under five months old.
PHOTO: Facebook/@Chelsea Hughes

Molly Hughes wasn't even five months old when she was diagnosed with stage four cancer – but after about 15 months of fighting, the toddler from Kentucky in the US is now cancer-free!

Doctors discovered that Molly had neuroblastoma when she was just under five months old.

Neuroblastoma is a cancer that typically strikes children under age five, and symptoms include a swollen tummy, breathlessness, difficulty swallowing, weakness in the legs, constipation, fatigue, pale skin, loss of appetite and bone pain.

Molly had started to seem unwell and her mom, Chelsea, decided to take her to the doctor, reports Metro.

As soon as she was diagnosed, Molly had to have surgery to remove her tumour, followed by bouts of radiation and chemotherapy.

“I don't think people realise, until you actually go through it, just how hard it is,” Chelsea told 13 ABC.

Despite having to endure the harsh treatment, Molly seemed fine and Chelsea found herself having to explain her illness to people repeatedly.

But little Molly was resilient from day one.

“She’d just bounce back after every treatment. I mean, it would knock her down for a few days, but then she'd be up playing.”

Molly spent 130 days in hospital and the now 21-month-old is free, not only of the hospital, but also from cancer.

Chelsea celebrated by posting a picture of Molly with the caption:

“OH, HAPPY DAY! Molly has some BIG news to share! Her scans were clear and showed no evidence of disease! There is NO active cancer left in her little body!”

She added that Molly will be starting a trial to prevent the cancer from returning, reports Daily Mail.

And although the treatment has damaged Molly’s hearing, she hasn’t let that hold her back and apparently “joyfully” plays outside, as if her cancer battle never happened.

Sources: Daily Mail, 13 ABC, Metro

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