Laughlin Whiteley beats cancer after stem cell transplant

Laughlin Whiteley with both thumbs up Image copyright John Whiteley
Image caption Laughlin Whiteley could soon be back home with his parents and brother Gus

A seven-year-old boy whose second fight against a rare cancer was charted in a blog by his father has been given the all-clear.

Laughlin Whiteley, of Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex, had a stem cell transplant in February after he was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia.

Doctors think he developed it as a result of the chemotherapy used to treat a brain tumour when he was four.

Laughlin's mother Andrea Poyser said: "We are over the moon."

She and her husband, John Whiteley, were told there was no longer any cancer in Laughlin's bone marrow.

Beach hut

Mr Whiteley started a blog in 2011 to help him cope with Laughlin's illness and to show Laughlin when he is older.

Ms Poyser said: "This whole stem cell transplant thing is phenomenal - it's the way forward.

"We can't wait to get in touch with the donor in two years' time, when we're allowed."

They hope Laughlin - known as Lockey - could be discharged in a few days, after weeks spent in Great Ormond Street Hospital.

The family set up a charity Unlock a Life for Lockey to encourage more people to register as bone marrow donors.

At the end of April the charity will open a beach hut at Walton-on-the-Naze, named the Happy Shack, for children with cancer.

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