Tuesday 18th July 2017
Morven Rings The End Of Treatment Bell
We were honoured to join 11 year old Morven Weir as she rang the End of Treatment Bell in Ward 2B Schiehallion at Glasgow's Royal Hospital for Children.
Morven and her family received the shattering news that she was suffering from a rare form of cancer four days before Christmas in 2016.
A little more than six months later, the 11-year-old has stunned medics by getting to ring the End of Treatment Bell that signals the end of her treatment.
The emotional moment was watched by those who supported Morven through her journey at the hospital's oncology ward, including friends, nurses and her proud family.
“It was quite a crowd and there were a lot of hugs. It was very emotional.
“When your child is diagnosed with cancer, there’s so much you don’t know and it’s so scary. When I look back at what’s happened over just a few months, I can’t quite believe it.” Dad, Iain Weir.
In November, Morven, from Airdrie, noticed the left side of her neck was swollen and two small lumps had appeared. A biopsy was carried out and revealed that she was suffering from a rare strain of Hodgkin lymphoma.
Her Dad Iain, said: “Not once did we think it would be cancer. The doctors were unsure how to treat it at first as they didn’t have any experience of it.”
Further scans revealed Morven had been suffering from cancer for some time. It had started in her chest before spreading to her neck and stomach.
The location of the lumps in Morven’s neck meant they could not be operated on and chemotherapy was the only option. When her treatment started, Morven took each day in her stride – even when her hair started to fall out.
Iain said: “It was decided to shave off the remainder of her hair. Surely, this would be devastating for a young lady to have no hair – but, no, Morven loved it.”
Brave Morven fell dangerously ill during her chemotherapy after contracting an infection, causing her treatment to be postponed. Throughout the course of her scans and chemotherapy,she was still determined to attend school as much as possible.
Iain said: “It has been a very quick six months since Morven was first diagnosed. When she rang the bell, the nurse actually questioned the date on her certificate for when treatment began, saying, ‘Should this be 2015?’
“I’d heard of the fabled bell being rung but that’s the first time I saw anyone do it.”
“I found it very emotional. It was great to see all the nurses who have cared for Morven there to see her ringing the bell. To see the look on Morven’s face when she saw all the nurses there was fantastic." Mum, Fiona
The family are backing Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity’s bid to raise £500,000 for the Schiehallion Appeal, a partnership with the Daily Record and NHSGGC.
The appeal aims to expand the hospital's clinical trials centre, bringing more of the latest cancer treatments to Scotland, to give young patients like Morven the best possible chance in their fight. Learn more about our Schiehallion Appeal here >