THE parents of a Worcester schoolboy undergoing treatment for cancer are celebrating after tests showed he is free of the disease.

New tests have shown that Oscar Saxelby-Lee has no trace of leukaemia in his body - for the first time since he was first diagnosed. 

The five-year-old from Worcester still faces another bone marrow transplant in a bid to kick-start his immune system but his parents Olivia Saxelby and Jamie Lee say they - and Oscar - are ecstatic. 

Olivia Saxelby said: "This is what we've needed after so many blows. 
"We knew we had to hold on to hope but we've been so used to the heartbreaking news that we weren't expecting a straight off negative MRD (minimal residual disease) result.

"I'm beyond proud of him, he never gives up and even now is running on some magical steam. 

"This is a miracle. It's a revolution! One more treatment and we can bring our baby home where he belongs. 

"He's ecstatic to be that step closer to better health and the childhood he so deserves. 

"We are emotional, tired and overwhelmed but so so thankful!

"Thankful for our community, the one that's held us together with non-stop prayers and love."

Oscar will now receive another bone marrow transplant from his dad - which is a partial match - as the treatment means his is no longer working.

The little boy from St John's underwent specialist CAR-T treatment in Singapore after a crowdfunding campaign raised £600,000.

He is only the second child in the world to have received the specialist treatment. 

His parents had pleaded for help to raise the cash after being told that, despite a previous bone marrow transplant, Oscar's T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukaemia had returned and no other treatment options were available on the NHS.

The money was raised through the Grace Kelly Childhood Cancer Trust.

Founder Jen Kelly said: "His parents know he's got a long way to go but they are celebrating. This is a huge step.

"He's still a really poorly little boy. He's not got a working bone marrow and needs another transplant but at this stage it's the absolute best outcome we could have hoped for. 

"It's the best news we could have so far but he does have a long way to go."

Kate Wilcock, the headteacher at Pitmaston Primary School, where Oscar is a pupil, said: "It's the best day ever. Amazing!

"There's a real buzz around school. 

"I've just been to the classroom to talk to Oscar's class who have all absolutely squealed and screamed with delight. 

"I am absolutely blown away, a real blast of emotions, I can't even imagine how Libby and Jamie must be feeling. For us at school it's the best day we could ever have dreamt of."