A SIX-YEAR-OLD boy who is on the road to recovery from cancer after receiving pioneering treatment in Germany will feature in a TV documentary next week.
Aarin Bhatt, of Tawny Close, Feltham, was just three when he was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, an aggressive childhood cancer, in September 2009.
His parents, Nehal and Rachna, appealed for donations so he could receive a treatment with special antibodies being trialled in Germany.
The national charity Neuroblastoma Alliance stepped in to cover the cost of the treatment, about £70,000, but local fundraisers, including worshippers at St Richard’s Church, in Hanworth, helped pay for travel expenses.
Aarin spent weeks travelling between London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital and Germany for the treatment last year and the disease was recently declared to be in remission.
He is now back at Feltham Hill Nursery & Infants School, although he is only able to attend for about four hours a day due to poor health.
Aarin, who is a big fan of comic book heroes Superman and the Incredible Hulk, is due to appear on BBC2 documentary Great Ormond Street next Tuesday at 9pm.
The show will document his treatment at the hospital, where his tumour was successfully removed last September, and in Germany.
Aarin's father said: “We’re so grateful to the Neuroblastoma Alliance UK and to everyone who helped pay for Aarin’s travel. He’s full of energy now, although there are still some health issues.”
Neuroblastoma is estimated to affect about 100 children born in the UK every year.
l Liesel Angel Appiah-Boakye, of Maple Way, Feltham, died of the disease in February, aged just three. Her mother, Lovia Ofori-Agyemang, set up the Liesel Angel Trust in her memory.