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 Hartlepool Mail Child of Courage award just 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 each and 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, the courageous little boy must also have 10 days of injections into his leg in the hope 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, who works as 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.
While his caring parents Gemma, 31, and Carl, 30, focus on giving their courageous son all their love, a huge fundraising drive was set up to raise £500,000 to pay for treatment overseas, should the youngster suffer a relapse.
So far, the incredible work by the members of the Bradley Lowery Neuroblastoma Fight Group has raised £220,000.