A three-year-old boy with terminal cancer has “had the best Christmas ever” after his family celebrated early.
Ellis Price’s parents were given the devastating news their little boy didn’t have long left to live – but they were determined he shouldn’t miss out on festivities.
Mum Laura and stepdad Ashley Pearman organised a visit from Santa, dressed a pony as a reindeer and hired a snow machine.
They even tucked into a full Christmas dinner and watched festive films in a tent in the garden.
And the special day made their little Ellis smile.
Laura, 35, from Wakefield, West Yorks, told The Sun: “This is Ellis’ last Christmas so we’ve rolled a lifetime of celebrations into one.
“He’s had the best Christmas ever. Seeing his smile made it all worthwhile.”
Laura initially thought her son may have had an ear infection after he suddenly fell ill in September last year, but a CT scan revealed an 8cm x 5cm brain tumour.
Ellis would undergo two lengthy operations on the same tumour, as well as chemotherapy and radiotherapy, at Leeds General Infirmary.
But Laura was given the devastating news in July that her son’s cancer had spread and he had just weeks to live.
She brought his superhero-themed fourth birthday party forward by five months, and planned to hold Christmas celebrations early with Ellis, his sisters Caitlin, 15 and Alana, 10, and Ellis’ stepdad Ashley Pearman, 33.
Laura previously told LeedsLive: “Ellis really is the most incredible boy ever.
“It is beyond heartbreaking for the family. Of course, we’re all devastated as was he when we told him how poorly he was.
“But ever since the beginning Ellis has stayed himself and has continued to remain as positive as a three-year-old could possibly be.
“He really has kept me going. I don’t think any of us can believe how amazing he has been.”
Ellis was paralysed by complications from his initial treatment, and he required a further round of chemotherapy as his condition deteriorated earlier this year.
Laura said: “He wanted to be independent. He got himself up and down – he would never give up.
“To see him struggle through what he has been through – all whilst remaining positive – it is inspiring to all of us.”
The family was giving the heartbreaking news in July that nothing else could be done to save Ellis.
Ellis is due to turn four on January 5, 2021, but his mum held a superhero themed birthday party for him in his hospital room in July.
Laura said: “He wants to do as much as he can and we want to give him everything we can do to make him happy.
“He’s still smiling and he’s still the same Ellis as ever.”