PRAYERS are being said for Glengormley boy Oscar Knox after he was admitted to the intensive care unit of a US hospital suffering from pulmonary hypertension.
The four-year-old, who is battling neuroblastoma - a form of cancer - was due to start specialist immunotherapy treatment in Philadelphia on Monday (October 8).
However, the Knox family posted on Twitter on Wednesday that immunotherapy is now no longer an option.
They said that the aim was now to stabilise Oscar’s condition and get him back home to Northern Ireland as soon as possible.
In an update on Thursday, his family posted: “Oscar doing really well this morning. The night (so far) couldn’t have gone much better! So proud of him. Such a fighter.”
Following the news that Oscar had been admitted to the ICU, his Facebook page was inundated with messages of support and posts from well-wishers.
“You have the thoughts and prayers of thousands, if not millions too. He’s a strong boy and will fight,” one post said.
“Praying God will rest a healing hand on Oscar, also praying the Consultants, Doctors and Surgeons will find the skills, wisdom and knowledge to help Oscar,” another read.
Just last week the Hightown family and their supporters reached their £250,000 fundraising target to pay for the six-month immunotherapy treatment programme, which it had been hoped would help boost Oscar’s immune system and prevent the cancer from returning.