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Alex’s road to recovery begins after US voyage

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Riding his bike with a beaming smile, you wouldn’t know Alex Novakovic had just returned from six weeks of intense therapy on a brain tumour.

The seven-year-old Bedgrove boy who readers helped raise hundreds of thousands of pounds for is back in Aylesbury after having ‘the time of his life’ in Boston, USA.

Though he is not out of the woods yet and must return for further scans in three weeks, his parents and doctors are positive that the proton treatment has worked.

Many youngsters might have been terrified by Alex’s daily trips to Massachusetts General Hospital, but his mum Jasmin said he enjoyed the visits and felt at home in Boston.

She said: “He had to go into hospital every day for six weeks and he looked forward to it, especially when he had to be put to sleep.

“When he had the anaesthetic his challenge was to see how long he could stay awake.

“He got a good rapport with the team leader, they were even playing tricks on each other.”

During his time in Boston Alex got to meet the stars of the city’s Red Sox baseball team and see the sights when he was not in hospital.

He and his mum stayed at Christopher’s Haven near the hospital, where many other families whose children were being treated for cancer were.

It meant they were able to make many friends while in the city and there was even a tinge of sadness at leaving.

Mrs Novakovic said: “All the kids hung around together and had sleepovers in each other’s apartments. And it was nice for the adults to be able to talk to others going through the same things.

“When we got there I couldn’t wait to get home, but now I do miss it.”

What treatment Alex needs in the future will depend on the outcome of future scans, but everyone is feeling positive.

More than £255,000 was raised in a week to send Alex to Boston, with more than £400,000 eventually donated.

 

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