Kansas boy returns home cancer free after nearly a year at St. Jude's Hospital
A 12-year-old boy is home and cancer free after receiving treatment from St. Jude's Hospital.
Andrew Ewertz was diagnosed with brain cancer nine months ago. He will never forget the moment he learned doctors were releasing him from the hospital.
"All the time that we've been there, I've always been excited 'like mom when can we go home' and when he came in and said that I was- I was just so happy," Ewertz said.
He says he misses laughing and spending time with his sister and family. He was diagnosed with brain cancer last December and his mother, Sara Moore, says she's more than grateful to have him home.
"It's all you can wish and hope for out of this horrible situation, that you know we made it out of it where some children and families don't," Moore said.
For his type of cancer, he has a 80 percent survival rate, but also a recurring chance of 25 percent.
Ewertz says even with being cancer free, just this weekend he was at Newton Medical Center for related issues with his cancer, and it's these visits that scare him.
"Even though I'm done with it, it's like I'm getting it over and over and the effects just come back," Ewertz said.
He says he still takes multiple medications and will continue visits to St. Jude for treatment.
"I'll lay down my life for him to make sure that he gets the best treatment and the best care always," said Moore.
"After around nine months of being away, it feels great to be home," said Ewertz .
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