The family of a seven-year-old Dundee boy have been given the heartbreaking news that he will need to spend Christmas in hospital as he continues his battle with leukaemia.
Garvie Winter, from Downfield, was beginning an intensive three to four-week course of chemotherapy in hospital in Edinburgh.
His devastated mum Haley said it was the “worst news” she could have had.
Garvie was diagnosed with the leukaemia in October and within days was in hospital in Glasgow.
During his time as a patient at both Glasgow and Ninewells hospitals, the Fintry Primary pupil received induction therapy which it was hoped would put him in remission.
But now, Haley, 32, has shared the news that the therapy was unsuccessful.
She said: “This is the worst news. We were so positive that the induction therapy was going to work.
“We were told that the therapy doesn’t work in only about 1%-2% of cases.
“I can’t help asking why this has happened to Garvie and why the treatment hasn’t worked for him.”
Haley said that Garvie was being transferred to the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh for intensive chemotherapy, and would be staying in over Christmas and New Year.
She said: “Garvie is staying really positive and cheery and he is fighting this illness all the way.
“It’s really hard for the whole family, but everyone will be with him in hospital on Christmas Day.
“Garvie knows he will have to stay in hospital for Christmas, but he knows that Santa can still visit him there. He is being so brave and we are all so proud of him.
“This is heartbreaking. We really thought we were all going to be spending Christmas at home together with Garvie in remission and then we got this dreadful news.
“We are staying as positive as we can, but it’s really hard.
“The doctors haven’t been able to tell us what happens next if the chemotherapy doesn’t work.
“We just have to hope it does work for him, because I don’t know what else they can do.”
Garvie first began to feel unwell during the weekend of October 21-22, and seemed to be sleeping a lot.
Within days, he had been diagnosed with leukaemia and has been undergoing treatment ever since.
At the time, Haley told the Tele: “It’s all happened so quickly. Sometimes I think I won’t be able to cope, but I’m going to have to.”
Anyone wishing to help Cheryl and the family out should visit: justgiving.com/crowdfunding/garviewinter.