Christmas joy as brave girl gets break from cancer treatmentIvy Madziva
Christmas joy as brave girl gets break from cancer treatment.
Christmas has come early for a brave three-year-old girl, who got the all-clear to take a break from a gruelling year-long cancer treatment.
Esmé Lambert, from Swaffham, was given special permission to leave Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, where she is undergoing 56 weeks of intensive chemotherapy.
Parents Wendy and Aaron arranged a special week away to Suffolk where they invited friends and family to drop in to help give Esmé a much-needed boost before she embarks on her last two chemotherapy cycles. The family also celebrated Esmé’s third birthday during the break.
Mrs Lambert said: “We managed to get away for a few days and it was amazing, it was a really special birthday for a very special girl.
“We all needed a break and it was wonderful to see the family back together again just doing normal things. It really helped Esmé and it was a joy to see her just being a little girl again playing with her brothers and sisters.”
The family get-together was nearly cancelled when Esmé developed an infection in her Hickman line – a catheter used to administer drugs – but hospital staff rallied round to make sure she did not miss her break.
The family are now back from their birthday break and waiting for Esmé’s infection to completely clear before she can continue treatment.
Mrs Lambert said: “We are a few weeks overdue which is a little scary as we don’t want anything nasty returning but we are staying positive and having blood checks done on a daily basis.
“Esmé is back going to hospital on a daily basis for antibiotics until doctors confirm that her infection has gone.”
Esmé Lambert, three, from Swaffham, with her aunt Naomi Bell. Esmé has been taking a Christmas break from a 56-week course of intensive chemotherapy after she was diagnosed with a brain tumour nearly a year ago. Picture: Supplied by the family
Esmé Lambert, three, from Swaffham, with her mum Wendy. Esmé has been taking a Christmas break from a 56-week course of intensive chemotherapy after she was diagnosed with a brain tumour nearly a year ago. Picture: Supplied by the family
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