THE mother of an inspirational cancer battler who had to have his leg amputated has paid tribute to her son’s immense bravery.
Twelve-year-old Harrison Ledsham was diagnosed with bone cancer earlier this year - less than six years after his little sister Abigail succumbed to an ultra-rare disease.
But the Haydock High pupil’s mum, Karen, says she has been taken aback by her son’s courage in times of adversity.
She said: “He’s still undergoing chemotherapy but he’s just getting on with it. He’s coping really well and has won a few awards recently, which has really lifted his spirits.
“We’re very proud of the way he has coped with it all - I think he’s coped better than we have.
“The chemo does take it out of him. He gets quite tired. He’s not been able to go into school much since September either because of building work at the school.
“There was a danger that the building dust could have caused an infection. In a way it was a good thing, though, that the decision was made for him because he’s been very tired at times.”
The former Legh Vale Primary School pupil, of Liverpool Road, Haydock, was diagnosed with an osteosarcoma tumour above his left knee in April, just weeks after doctors had put the discomfort he was experiencing down to growing pains.
When it didn’t get any better with rest, he went to hospital for an x-ray and a second opinion was sought from experts in Birmingham.
The results of a biopsy then led to the cancer diagnosis and Harrison was called in to Alder Hey to start an intensive course of chemotherapy the very next day.
His little sister, Abigail, lost her brave battle with Sandhoff’s disease - a degenerative condition which rendered her unable to see, drink, eat or even breathe by herself - in October 2008, days before her second birthday.
Harrison recently performed the honours at the Haydock Christmas lights switch-on and even jokes that he needs a celebrity agent to ensure he doesn’t get double-booked!
Mum Karen added: “Harrison still uses a wheelchair when he’s out but his leg is getting stronger all the time and his mobility is getting better.
“There’s still a long road ahead but we were told that the outlook was good for him once they took the tumour out.
“Having his leg amputated gave him the best possible chance.”