Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

My Boy Might Not Recognise Me but This Is for Chloe

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

My Boy Might Not Recognise Me but This Is for Chloe

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Byline: James Cain Reporter james.cain@trinitymirror.com

UP until the end of last year Chloe Yates was enjoying life just like any girl her age.

But in the months leading towards New Year, the 12-year-old began to suffer a pain in her leg that hurt so much it left her in tears.

Then came the news she and her family were dreading - Chloe was suffering from a rare bone cancer not treatable in the UK.

And now she is facing three months of specialist treatment thousands of miles from home in the USA.

Chloe's treatment has already started and mum Kellie, 35, said from the USA: "Chloe's doing really well. She's a kid - they just get on with it. She's doing well at the moment. We'll have to just see."

Chloe, from Priestfields, Middlesbrough, first began to complain about the pain in her leg in the final months of 2015.

As the end of the year neared, her symptoms began to include being sick, sweating and suffering dizziness.

As her condition worsened, on December 28, mum Kellie and dad Lee took Chloe to James Cook University Hospital where, for the days that followed, the youngster underwent X-rays, scans and an appointment with a specialist before being given the devastating diagnosis.

Chloe was quickly set on a series of chemotherapy sessions at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle with her parents never far from her side as she underwent the gruelling treatment.

But after a tough six months, Chloe's treatment was far from over.

Her condition could no longer be treated in the UK. She, along with her parents, had to travel to America where she could be given specialist treatment.

With the Yates expected to be in America for around three months, the family's friends rallied around to take away the burden of paying the bills.

"We can't thank everyone enough for what they're doing for us back home," said Kellie. …

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