A brave little boy cried with joy outside his home having finished cancer treatment after a gruelling three-year battle.

Henry Fethon, aged six, from west Hull, Yorkshire, celebrated with his family on Sunday (January 24) as he 'rang the bell' to mark the end of his fight with leukaemia.

He was just a toddler when he began feeling unwell before being diagnosed in September 2017 and taken to Leeds General Infirmary to begin chemotherapy.

The schoolboy's official end-of-treatment appointment is not until next month but mum Alex Gladstone said they couldn't wait to put up the banners and celebrate, reports HullLive.

It came on the day he was supposed to have one final dose of chemotherapy, but his treatment had to be cut short after it "became too much for him".

Ms Gladstone said: "It's been a great struggle, we've been in and out of hospital throughout for treatment.

Henry Fethon rings the bell outside his west Hull home with mum Alex Gladstone, dad John Fethon and older brother Harry Fethon
Henry Fethon rings the bell outside his home with mum Alex Gladstone, dad John Fethon and older brother Harry Fethon

"But we had the plans done and the banners ready for today, so we just thought, why not?

"Hopefully it's onwards and upwards from here.. He used to feel terrible, ever so weak. But hopefully from here he will just start to feel better and better."

Miss Gladstone had taken Henry to the GP on numerous occasions months before his diagnosis when she noticed he was short of breath, complaining of stomach ache and consistently under the weather.

Henry with his big brother Harry shortly after Henry's diagnosis in 2017
Henry with his big brother Harry shortly after his diagnosis in 2017

But at the time she said she was told he had a viral infection.

It was only when she rang Dr Mary Barraclough at Hull Royal Infirmary, who Henry saw for his treatment of tracheomalacia, a condition causing the narrowing of his windpipe, that she discovered his platelet count was very low and carried out immediate blood tests before confirming the tragic news.

At the time, Miss Gladstone said: "I owe that woman my life."

The bell was set up on the wall of the family's Dudley Walk home
The bell was set up on the wall of the family's Dudley Walk home

Now, she has said she is immensely grateful to all the staff of Leeds General Infirmary and Hull Royal Infirmary, where Henry received his treatment - especially for continuing his course of treatment throughout lockdown.

"Everything still went ahead, they were absolutely amazing," she said.

"I just want to say a huge thank you to all the oncology staff, all the nurses and all the doctors at Leeds General and Hull Royal, they were all amazing."

But while treatment was allowed to continue, she said it had been a struggle for the family - including dad John Fethon and older brother Harry, 12 - not to be allowed out of their home.

Because of Henry's vulnerability, he and his family have been confined to their home to shield throughout lockdown to protect him from the risk of coronavirus, relying on friends and family to drop off essentials at their door.

"We're so, so grateful for them, all those people that have supported us through this," Miss Gladstone said.

And on Sunday, the three years of struggle the whole family has been a part of culminated in the ringing of the bell, an emotional moment for young Henry.

"He was really overwhelmed with it all, he had been so excited to ring the bell and he did get a little bit emotional bless him," Miss Gladstone said.

"I can't even put it into words what this means, we're just over the moon."