By Lucy Laing For The Daily Mail
Published: 22:05 BST, 1 September 2019 | Updated: 22:06 BST, 1 September 2019
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
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