LITTLE Braiden Prescott is looking forward to a healthy new year following a rollercoaster 12 months.
This time last year the four-year-old was at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, undergoing intense treatment for potentially lethal neuroblastoma.
His parents, Wayne Prescott and Stef Reece, had to give up their rented home in Leigh, and flew over to America.
But now Braiden is looking forward to seeing what 2014 brings.
His dad, Wayne, 34, said: “We are going to enjoy the New Year because no-one is in hospital and we will all be together.
“Things were pretty bad in America last year.
“We spent Christmas Day in hospital and it was just an ordinary day.
“We didn’t buy any presents - we had nothing, apart from a few gifts that the hospital had donated, which were shared between Braiden and his younger brother, Tyler, who is now three.
“They were both so young that they didn’t really realise what was happening and so they were not that bothered.
“Stef and I were just focusing on the treatment and hoping it would work.”
Sadly, Braiden was not responding to the treatment and in February doctors dealt Wayne and Stef the devastating news that the cancer had returned and there was nothing they could do,
The family-of-four returned to Wigan but had no home to go to as they had to forgo their previous rented property.
They spent two months sleeping on mattresses at Stef’s parents’ house in Leigh,
Wayne added: “We could not pay for our rent whilst we were in America and so had to give up the house.
“It was a squeeze at Stef’s parents house, with her siblings, her mum, Elaine, and dad, Paul, and us four. There was 10 of us altogether.
“But it had to be done as we had nowhere to live.”
The family moved into their Wigan home at the end of April and welcomed a new addition to the family, Kody, who is now almost four months old.
Braiden has even started school and was given the welcome news he was in remission back in September.
Despite a health scare with chicken pox, resulting in a week back at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, he is in good health and his Hickman line (central venous catheter used for chemotherapy) was removed three weeks ago, meaning his treatment has ended.
He now has to have regular scans and check-ups.
Wayne added: “It is amazing now that everything is over. Braiden is a lot better now and is doing everything a normal lad does.”