There was not a dry eye in sight on the Starfish children’s ward at Watford General as five-year-old Abbots Langley girl Lucy Mitchell got to ring the bell to celebrate the end of her treatment for leukaemia.
Lucy had been undergoing her treatment for half of her life, and finally got to ring the bell that all children at the Starfish children’s ward get to use once their treatment is completed
The huge milestone, reached on Thursday, December 6, means Lucy finished her treatment and was ready to get on with life just in time for Christmas. The NHS Trust believe her story is inspiring for other children with cancer to see that there’s hope for the future, particularly when things are tough.
Lucy’s Mum, Susannah Mitchell, said: “Everyone here at Watford General has been amazing, in particular the doctors, the nurses and the play specialists. All the staff, and especially the play specialists, have made all of Lucy’s stays in hospital as fun as they can be. We’re really grateful for everyone’s time and we’re going to miss all the staff.”
Dad Carl recently raised almost £5,000 for West Hertfordshire Hospitals’ children’s ward by completing a 12 mile ‘Tough Mudder’ race with friends.
Susannah said: “The money we’ve raised will go towards children like Lucy, which is a really special thing to fundraise for.”
To watch the emotional video of Lucy ringing the bell, go to twitter.com/WestHertsNHS/status/1070705673728606208