A BRAVE St Helens schoolboy who is battling a rare form of leukaemia has stunned doctors with his progress after being warned he may never walk again.
Eight-year-old Kyle Edwards has been diagnosed with Burkitt’s Lymphoma and, due to the severity of the condition, has been more or less living at Liverpool’s Alder Hey Childrens Hospital for the past few months.
But, despite undergoing major spinal surgery, courses of draining chemotherapy and losing the movement in his legs, the courageous youngster is now learning to stand unassisted again.
Lorraine Hughes, who has organised a fund-raising singing contest in Kyle’s honour at The Phoenix Inn, says there is now a “real hope that one day soon he will walk again”.
She told the Reporter: “We were told Kyle would never walk again and resigned ourselves to that. So even when he managed to just move his toe it was like a miracle.
“Slowly he has started to regain movement in his legs and is learning to stand again - but it’s very painful for him because his muscles and nerves have shrunk.
“However a recent scan showed that the treatment is working on the tumours on his spine and last week Kyle managed to stand up unassisted and even take a few steps in front of the therapist who had warned that he may never walk again.”
In a rare break from his intensive treatment, Kyle enjoyed a visit to Anfield recently in which he came face to face with his Liverpool FC heroes Luis Suarez, Maxi Rodriguez and Sebastian Coates.
And Lorraine, landlady at The Phoenix Inn, wants to give Kyle even more cheer courtesy of a fund-raising singing competition.
Following a series of hotly-contested heats, the first semi-final was held at the Canal Street pub at the weekend, with the second set to be held this Sunday (November 27). The final will be held on December 4 with the winner picking up a top prize of £400.
Regulars at The Phoenix have already helped to raise more than £1,300 in Kyle’s name.
Lorraine, 25, added: “The funds raised will support Kyle in any way he needs - whether it’s a holiday of a lifetime or just kitting out his home so he can return to it.”