COMMUNITY RALLIES FOR LITTLE HUNTER

Hunter McCrellis (8)  has been diagnosed with stage 3 Burkitts Non Hodgkins Lymphoma. INCR12
Hunter McCrellis (8) has been diagnosed with stage 3 Burkitts Non Hodgkins Lymphoma. INCR12

The local community is once again showing its compassion as they rally round a family in their hour of need.

Three weeks ago the parents of eight-year-old Hunter McCrellis received news which sent their world tumbling around them.

The family went from thinking their little boy was suffering from a cold to being told he has cancer.

“In the space of three or four weeks to go from what we thought was a cold and sore throat to all this is just unbelievable...it’s devastating, but for Hunter we will fight with him every step of his way,” Hunter’s mum, Donna, told The Coleraine Times.

“Doctors originally thought he was suffering from Quinsy [a rare and potentially serious complication of tonsillitis], but when they tried to drain what they thought was an abscess one of the consultants realised it was a hard mass.

“They scheduled him in for surgery as the antibiotics hadn’t shrank it. But complications arose during the surgery and Hunter bled out after they removed his tonsils, doctors had to perform a tracheotomy to save his life.

“He spent a few days in hospital between the Royal Children’s Hospital and Antrim before he was eventually allowed to come home.

“The next day I got a call from one of the consultants at Antrim Hospital, all I could hear were the words tumour and cancer.

“I had to take Hunter to the Royal the next morning. We were told Hunter had Burkitts or B Cell Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma over his tongue and all around the area of throat. It was devastating news but we had to stay strong for Hunter.”

Hunter has been receiving treatment over the last 10 days and doctors are pleased with the progress he is making.

“The doctors all agree everything looks to be responding well at the minute so things look better,” said Donna.

“They say it’s very treatable and curable, but there are no guarantees and if results