The greatest gift of all

MHDE-15-12-11 NIX DEC55 (1)'Pictured is Owen Nix ( 10 ) with his dog Doodle, mum Lorna, brother Harvey ( 2 ) and step dad Gary.
MHDE-15-12-11 NIX DEC55 (1)'Pictured is Owen Nix ( 10 ) with his dog Doodle, mum Lorna, brother Harvey ( 2 ) and step dad Gary.
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A DAVENTRY family is looking forward to a happier Christmas following their son’s recovery from cancer.

Owen Joseph, 10, will be celebrating the gift of life after a difficult time being treated for non-hodgkin lymphoma following his diagnosis in July 2010.

His mum Lorna Nix, who lives with her family in Packwood Close on Middlemore, said: “Although Owen was out of hospital for Christmas last year, he wasn’t particularly lively.

“This year he’s feeling well and is very excited about it and what Santa’s going to bring. We’re certainly looking forward to this Christmas – it’s going to be amazing.

“When he was diagnosed, Owen was nine and we thought he had asthma. He had been really poorly and had been dropping out of sports and things like that.

“We had taken him to the doctor, but they said it wasn’t asthma.

“On July 27 we went back to the doctor and had blood tests done, but when they couldn’t find anything they told us to take him to Northampton General.

“He had a chest X-ray there and it turned out he had a huge tumour in his chest which was pretty much covering one half and going into the other half. By that same evening we were at the children’s hospital in Birmingham.

“It was bewildering – the bottom fell out of my world. I didn’t know what to do.”

For the full story, see the Daventry Express.