Little Girl Wins Cancer Battle And Rings Hospital Bell As She Leaves
Holly Hughes was diagnosed with leukemia just before she turned two in 2016, and now after two years of daily cancer treatments, the four-year-old walked out the hospital beating the disease.
After finally finishing her gruelling treatment at Coventry's University Hospital, Holly's mum, dad and baby brother Harry were all there to watch as she rang the hospital's very special 'end of treatment' bell.
Her mum caught the magical moment on camera when Holly rang the bell and nurses and other hospital staff lined the corridor to cheer for her.
Holly's parents from Rugby told CoventryLive how their whole world fell apart when they were first told that she had cancer.
Holly's dad Chris said: "We found about just before her second birthday. I was away in America and Christina, my fiancé, phoned me to say Holly was misbehaving.
"We didn't think anything of it but when I came back, we noticed she looked pale. We finally got diagnosed, and she had six to eight weeks to live if she didn't have medication.
"I remember my whole world crashing and I wanted the world to swallow us up. I couldn't describe it. It took so long to sink in, and it left me angry and upset.
"We got it together and asked how to deal with it and said what is the treatment - lets go."
Speaking about her treatment, Chris continued: "She had chemo every day for two years, and was also put to sleep to have injections in her spine.
"At the start, because she was so young, she was so upset. She grew up so quickly and she was fantastic.
"She is bright as a button, and was always smiling."
He also praised the NHS staff who helped Holly and her family through their journey.
He said: "The NHS was amazing, and the doctors and nurses who got to know her were just incredible."
Holly's mum, Christina Cairns, told CoventryLive that it was 'a bit surreal' when Holly rang the bell.
She said: "It is a bit surreal. If I had of known back then she would be okay, it would have been better, but you just have to hope. It was really scary.
"It will be strange now not giving her any medication every day. It will take a while for it to sink in."
She added: "We didn't expect so many people to be at the ringing of the bell. We tried to prepare her for what was going to happen, but so many people turned up.
"Our friends have now booked a holiday for us, which will be a nice celebration."
The Maria Watt Birmingham Foundation placed 'end of treatment bells' into hospitals for Childhood & Teenage Leukaemia, so that both children and adults could celebrate their milestones after completing their treatment.
The Foundation has now installed 148 bells in hospitals across the UK, and we think it's such a beautiful idea.
Featured Image Credit: End of Treatment Bells