By Jack Williams
This was the heart-warming moment that a young girl was able to show to the world that she had completed chemotherapy, ringing a bell in celebration in front of her fellow patients and staff in her hospital ward.
The uplifting video shows the delight and pride on six-year-old Evangaline Speese’s face as she is told she is able to ring the bell; smiles also plastered on the faces of the children around her.
It was filmed by Evangaline’s mother, Amanda, 35, on May 12, at John Hopkins All Children’s Hospital Outpatient Clinic, in Florida, USA.
Evangaline’s battle started late last year, when the youngster was discovered to have a Wilms’ tumor on her left kidney in November.
After a successful operation to remove the tumour, brave Evangaline was then discovered to have chlothorax, which required her to be fed intravenously and have a second surgery soon after the first.
She was left hospital with little strength when she returned home around Christmas – but the youngster was determined to return to school in the new year.
Since then, Evangaline has been undergoing regular chemotherapy, leaving her feeling sick two or three days a week – a battle that culminated in her last dose and being able to ring the uplifting bell.
Her mother said she had never heard of anything like the bell at the outpatient centre, but thought it was an excellent idea.
Amanda said: “The most amazing feeling to see my baby ring that bell because she was so excited and proud to make it through.
“I’ve never heard of anything like this before, but it is definitely something to make a special occasion and needed celebration.
“I just want people who have cancer or a loved one who has cancer to find some hope in her video at time in there life when they might need it more than ever.
“I want her video to give someone the determination to fight a little longer.
“She said that ringing the bell made her very happy and it was awesome.”