BRAVE little Bradley Lowery lies on his hospital bed during a mammoth 10 days of being linked up to machines.
The three-year-old, who won a Sunderland Echo Child of Courage award last year for his battle with rare childhood cancer neuroblastoma, is having antibody therapies infused into his system.
Throughout it all, he must be attached to the wires 24 hours every day.
If the wires are removed, the time he has missed has to be added to the end of his antibody session at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.
And on top of all that, he must also have 10 days of injections into his leg in the hope that the treatment will fight off the neuroblastoma.
Bradley’s mum Gemma Lowery, 31, from Blackhall, said: “It can be awful to see a three-year-old like that.
“He does get depressed sometimes but most of the time, he keeps really well.”
Gemma captured her brave little son on video as he watched The Lion King film from his hospital bed. “I asked him if he liked The Lion King and he said yes,” said Gemma, a part-time NHS health trainer.
“I asked him if he liked hospital and he said yes but he liked nursery.”
Yet although the treatment leaves Bradley tired and sometimes in pain, he has known it for most of his life.
“It is hard but he knows no different,” said Gemma.
She said Bradley misses spending time with his older brother Kieran, 12.
Bradley also misses being with his pals at the Giant Steps Sure Start nursery in Blackhall.
But there’s good news as well as the little lad is nearly though his latest bout of treatment.
Almost a year ago, Bradley was one of the winners of the Child of Courage awards – and Gemma urged people to put in nominations for this year’s competition.
“If you are one of the younger children in the Child of Courage section, awards like this are something that you can look back on when you are older.
“And if you are an older child, it can be an amazing night to collect an award.”
We’re hoping his story will inspire lots of people to put forward nominations for this year’s Best of Wearside awards.
•Make your nomination on the link at the top of the Sunderland Echo website home page.