Nine-year-old Izabella Gill, of Brettas Park, Monk Bretton, was diagnosed with leukaemia aged just seven and has endured weekly bouts of chemotherapy at Sheffield Children’s Hospital.
However, the Holy Trinity pupil has now been told she’s successfully battled the cancer and rang the bell on the ward in which she’s been cared for - a tradition for every child when they reach the end of their treatment.
Mum Claire Watson, 31, told the Chronicle: “It’s every parent’s worst nightmare but the long road is over now and although Izabella will still have check-ups every three months, we’re over the moon.
“She’s missed school a lot because of her treatment but she’s back full-time and she’s enjoying it so much. It started with a nose bleed and because it wouldn’t stop, we took her to Barnsley Hospital, who then referred us to Sheffield.
“I’d just completed a first aid course and I remember being advised to seek medical help if it lasted for a while and luckily that’s what we did do.
“It could so easily have been missed.”
A spokesman for Holy Trinity added: “Izabella has been incredibly brave while receiving intensive chemotherapy during this time. Throughout her illness, she has shown resilience and optimism.
“She has attended school between treatments and has always had the most amazing smile and positive attitude, even when feeling incredibly poorly.
“She has also now rung her bell in a school assembly and over the PA system at school, so everyone could help her mark this important step in her recovery.”