Football-mad six-year-old proves to be match winner following leukaemia battle (From The Northern Echo)
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Football-mad six-year-old proves to be match winner following leukaemia battle
A COURAGEOUS six-year-old boy has made a dramatic return to the football pitch after being sidelined by leukaemia.
Cobie Woods has scored six goals and earned two man of the match awards in the two games he has played for St Mary’s Juniors under sevens, in Bishop Auckland, this season.
The football-mad youngster, of St Helen Auckland, had been unable to play since February after being diagnosed with leukaemia but doctors have now told him he is in remission.
He had to undergo four rounds of chemotherapy, as well as twice-weekly check-ups and two lumbar punctures over six months. The treatment left him struggling to attend school and unable to take part in his beloved sport.
His mother, Deborah said he returned to Cockton Hill Infants School for the last two weeks of term in July and earlier this month played his first football match since he fell ill.
She said he still requires regular check-ups but she is delighted he can get back to enjoying what he loves most.
“He couldn’t wait to go back,” she said. “The club have been great and kept his place in the team open for him. It really kept him going.
“He is a really strong character and he just loves playing with his brother Brandan.”
It was only by chance the illness was diagnosed and his parents are keen to raise awareness of the symptoms.
The young Newcastle United supporter developed a rash on the lower half of his body and some bruises. His parents thought it was a virus, but after a blood test by his doctor, he was taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary, in Newcastle.
Speaking after Cobie’s first match back in the team, Steve Coulthard, of St Mary’s Juniors, said: “All he lives for is football and he just wanted to get back playing for St Mary’s which he has done this last few weeks and we are over the moon he scored four goals and got man of the match.”
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