The story of Frankie-Rose Lea, the little eight-year-old hero from Slade Green who battled cancer, has been dubbed a "miracle" by mum Michelle.

Frankie-Rose, who was diagnosed with cancer in her brain and spine on August 4 last year, has been given the news that the tumours are in remission following pioneering radiotherapy in the US.

Following a public appeal, the family raised £190,000 to fly the Haberdashers’ Aske’s pupil to Oklahoma City on November 25.

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In the States, Frankie-Rose underwent six weeks of proton beam therapy in the ProCure Proton Therapy Centre.


Mum, Michelle Lea, 37, said: "It’s the best thing ever, like winning the lottery 10 times.

"I haven’t dreamt of anything else but now it is here it is very surreal.

"She has conquered it.

"She’s a superhero in an eight-year-old’s skin.

"You can’t deny the science, which has been a major part of it, but everybody who got involved made a difference - I do think it is a miracle.

"The treatment has only become feasible because people got behind us.

"Although it’s early days we’re extremely happy."

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Mrs Lea added: "It seems so unbelievable, we’re very proud of her.

"All we ever had was ongoing problems, while things have been getting better on the inside for Frankie-Rose.

"You get used to battling and worry starts to become a normal part of reality.

"I didn’t get what I expected, I got what I wanted."

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Mrs Lea and her family have thanked the public for the hundreds of thousands of pounds in donations raised for the expensive operation.

Proton beam therapy achieves the same cell-killing effect as conventional radiotherapy but differs because the beam of protons stops once it "hits" the cancerous cells, causing much less damage to surrounding tissue.

The trip, which required a flight to the US, will happen again but the next time the family fly to Oklahoma it will be for leisure.

Frankie-Rose will have an appointment early next year in the UK, with regular checkups needed for the next five years.