A Nebraska family captured on video, the heartwarming moment of their son, 7-year-old Avery Harriman after being told he would finally be going home after 23 days in the hospital undergoing intensive chemotherapy.
Avery, the son of Chris Harriman, an assistant basketball coach for University of Nebraska-Lincoln was first diagnosed with leukaemia in 2009 when he was only two-years-old. He went into remission but the cancer relapsed in 2012.
AdvertisementAfter he had what his family thought was a "perfect" bone marrow transplant from a stranger but the cancer returned last month and for 23 days the boy had endured gruelling chemotherapy in hospital.
He was cancer free for 18 months before his second relapse.
Elated Avery could not hide his joy when he was given the good news he could go home and spend time with his family.
Sadly, his father told CBS Sports.com that his son will be home for less than a week before he is scheduled for bone marrow biopsy. If the cancer is gone, Avery will undergo another bone marrow transplant. If not, he will undergo another round of chemotherapy.
Harriman told CBS Sports.com, "There's no way to sugarcoat it. It's a bad deal. The best-case scenario is he has to go through another transplant, and we know he might not get through it. So even the best-case scenario is scary."
The video was uploaded on the Nebraska Huskers' YouTube Channel. Avery's family have launched a bone marrow donation initiative Be the Match. Also supporters can follow Avery's progress on his Facebook page Avery's Army.