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() Boy, 5, who was riddled with rare cancer 'from his nose to his knees' is back on his feet and even playing FOOTBALL again after having surgery and stem-cell transplant Doctors diagnosed Freddy Wetherley, five, with rare neuroblastoma cancer Parents Alice Phillips, 25, and Ricky Wetherley, 27, didn’t think Freddy would live After intensive treatment – including surgery, chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant – he is finally in remission and about to start school for the first time

By Lucy Laing For The Daily Mail

Published: 22:05 BST, 1 September 2019 | Updated: 22:06 BST, 1 September 2019

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When Freddy Wetherley was diagnosed with a rare illness, doctors told his devastated parents he was riddled with cancer from his ‘nose to his knees’.

His mother Alice Phillips, 25, and father Ricky Wetherley, 27, didn’t think the five-year-old would ever pull through.

But after intensive treatment – which has included surgery, chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant – he is finally in remission and about to start school for the first time.

Five-year-old Freddie Wetherley, who is in remission from cancer, wears his school uniform as he prepares for his first day at school in Grays, Essex

Five-year-old Freddie Wetherley, who is in remission from cancer, wears his school uniform as he prepares for his first day at school in Grays, Essex

Mystery of illness that strikes 100 children a year

Neuroblastoma is a rare type of cancer that most commonly affects babies and young children. It affects around 100 children a year in the UK, but the cause of the disease is still unknown.

The disease develops from nerve cells known as neuroblasts which get left behind from the child’s development in the womb. It often begins in the adrenal glands, located above the kidneys.

Symptoms can include a painful swollen tummy, difficulty in breathing and swallowing, fatigue, bone pain and jerky eye and muscle movements.

The body scans on this page show just how serious his condition

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