A schoolboy who has battled cancer since he was just 10-weeks-old has finally been given the all clear.

There will be double celebrations for Dominic Halliwell's family this Christmas after the seven-year-old was told he is clear of the potentially deadly disease he has fought all his life.

Dominic and his parents Natalie and Chris, from Low Fell in Gateshead, were given the good news after a scan, performed just days before the youngster's seventh birthday, on December 2.

And the overjoyed family celebrated with a meal in Newcastle’s China Town.

Mum Natalie said: "It was amazing to hear. It was news I was expecting because in my mind Dominic has been free from cancer symptoms for some years but it’s funny how concerns exist in your sub-conscious. It’s marvellous, we are all overjoyed."

“When we told Dominic he said; ‘Get in, does that mean I don’t have to go to the hospital again?’

"For him, his whole life has been about hospital, needles and appointments. He was overjoyed.”

Dominic, who has a 12-year-old brother called Zach, was initially diagnosed with a cancerous mass on his brain, spinal column and central nervous system when he was just 10-weeks-old and his parents were warned to expect the worst.

Dominic when he was getting chemotherapy

Natalie had to leave then five-year-old son Zach at home with Chris while she lived at Dominic’s hospital bedside for five months.

The family were helped by support workers from the Rainbow Trust charity, who spent time listening to their worries and fears.

They also took him on days out and to drop-in groups where he met other children and families in similar situations.

Rainbow Trust also supported the family in hospital and took Dominic out when he was recovering, which helped his social development, having missed out on so much being in hospital and in treatment for so long.

Natalie said: "The sick child is cared for by the medical professionals but if the family do not receive external support the impact on their mental health is huge.

“The Rainbow Trust Family support workers are well known to the other families on the ward going through similar circumstances."

The family also has a strong support network within their local community and Natalie took to social media to share their news. 

She also thanked Rainbow Trust and other charities and hospitals who have helped them along the way.

“Against all the initial odds, Dominic was finally given the all clear and is now in remission,” she wrote.

“It has taken me a few weeks to get my head around this news and I thought his birthday might be a good time to share this great joy. Miracles do happen every day.

“We faced one of the greatest nightmares of any parent. By God's grace he has survived this horrible disease and we will never forget the kindness of all our friends and family and many strangers who pulled together to help us through this time. The practical help, prayers, encouragement and gifts of time made a huge difference to us and, of course, the tireless work of the medical team and hospital staff at Newcastle RVI, our local GP and children's charities like Rainbow Trust and Clic Sargent.”

Dominic pictured when he was three-years-old

The Halliwells are now looking forward to a family Christmas at home.

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Natalie added: "It’s a time for celebration anyway and I think the emotion might get to me over the Christmas and New Year period.

“Parents who haven’t found themselves in similar situations cannot appreciate the dilemma of having a very sick child confined to a hospital ward. Despite the parent’s need to get away from it all, there is a terrifying fear of leaving their sick child unless they can balance it with the knowledge that their child is safe and cared for.

“With Rainbow Trust’s help, they made our unbearable situation more bearable. Until you have walked in the shoes of a parent with a sick child, you cannot understand, but Rainbow Trust does.”