UK boy who came to Singapore for cancer treatment heads home

SINGAPORE (CNA) – A six-year-old British boy who came to Singapore for experimental treatment for an aggressive cancer is on his way home to the United Kingdom (UK) after staying cancer-free for about six months.

Oscar Saxelby-Lee, who was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in December 2018, flew to Singapore with his parents in November last year after doctors in the UK said there was only palliative care left – they had exhausted all treatment options. He had just months to live.

But when doctors from Singapore reached out to the family with a new experimental treatment – that only one other child in the world has had – the family raised GBP500,000 in weeks and made the trip.

It changed their lives. Six months after the treatment, Oscar is in remission from cancer and his family flew home late Thursday night, after saying fond goodbyes to the team at the National University Hospital (NUH) who saved his life.

Speaking to CNA shortly before the family left Singapore, Oscar’s mother Olivia said they were feeling “thankful” and “overwhelmed” by the situation.

They touched down in the UK at 1pm Singapore time yesterday.

Six months after the treatment, Oscar is in remission from cancer. PHOTO: CNA