A SCHOOLBOY who travelled halfway across the world for life-saving cancer treatment is on his way home after eight months.

Oscar Saxelby-Lee and his family are flying home from Singapore today - with the six-year-old now cancer free and going from strength to strength despite his family being told there were no treatments available on the NHS to cure him.

Oscar's mum Olivia Saxelby said: "Can’t quite believe it.... crying bucket loads! The day we’ve dreamt of has now become a reality! We’re actually bringing him home!!!

"You are our HERO Ozzy Bear, you truly truly are the most amazing little miracle. Enjoy every last minute of this journey darling because YOU have owned it!"

Oscar’s return home to St John's, Worcester, marks an incredible turnaround since he and his parents, Olivia Saxelby and Jamie Lee, embarked on their journey to Singapore to try and save him from a rare and aggressive cancer.

His parents were forced to launch a huge crowdfunder to raise the £500,000 needed to pay for the overseas treatment after doctors told them a previous bone marrow transplant had failed and they could only offer palliative care.

Thanks to a huge groundswell of support from Worcester and the wider county, they had raised the money within three weeks and their appeal, through the Hand in Hand for Oscar campaign, and backed by the Grace Kelly Childhood Cancer Trust, eventually pulled in more than £713,000.

Oscar's return home after months of gruelling treatment for T cell acute lymphoblastic leukaemia was described by the cancer charity that backed the appeal as a 'miraculous journey.'

Jen Kelly, from the Grace Kelly Childhood Cancer Trust, said: "The Grace Kelly Trust is delighted to see Oscar returning home to the UK with his mum and dad.

"Our smiles have been growing ever wider as we watched Oscar’s miraculous journey.

"We are so proud to have been able to play a key part in Oscar’s bid for life saving treatment in Singapore and it is wonderful to see Oscar doing so well following his ground-breaking treatment."

Oscar is only the second child in the world to receive the personalised treatment for T cell acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL). Up until now, it has only been available for children with B-cell ALL.

Dr Kelly said: "This news is amazing, not just for Oscar, but potentially for other children in a similar position in the future. Oscar still has a way to go and will need to be shielded for a good while longer once he gets home, but he remains cancer free and smiling."

Oscar has also received a second bone marrow transplant with his dad Jamie as a donor while in Singapore.

It is a far cry from from his original cancer diagnosis in December 2018. Then, doctors told his parents they had only three months to find a bone marrow donor to try and save him.

Nearly 5,000 people attended a record-breaking donor drive at Pitmaston Primary School, in St John's, where Oscar is a pupil in March 2019.

He had his first transplant in May 2019 but it failed just two months later.

Dr Kelly said: "The Grace Kelly Childhood Cancer Trust was set up in memory of 4-year-old Grace. Grace’s wish was to help other children, and this is exactly what she has helped to do.

"We would like to say thank you to everyone that helped throughout the Hand in Hand for Oscar campaign. Between us, this has enabled Oscar to return home free from cancer."

For more on the charity, visit www.gkcct.org