A PARKHALL family is hoping for some positive news ahead of Christmas as three-year-old Caleb Stirrat continues to battle aggressive cancer.

The triplet, who was first diagnosed in February, finished his second round of chemotherapy last month and the family has been anxiously waiting since to find out if its been successful.

In 2019 alone, he’s had a large mass removed from his head, undergone chemo, travelled to Florida for radical proton therapy and then endured more chemo.

The brave hero – who helped turn on the Christmas lights at Clyde Shopping Centre this month – has been in and out of hospital daily.

Mum Karen, 33, told the Post: “Caleb currently still has his central line in and his feeding tube.

“Once results are back, if good, then we can hopefully get the operation before Christmas to remove his central line.

“It’s looking like Caleb may be on his feeding tube for up to one year, until he can gain weight back as he has lost a lot and still doesn’t have much of an appetite.

“Caleb’s chemo may be done at the moment, but he still has the side effects of chemo, and has continued needing lots of blood and platelet transfusion as his counts were low as a knock-on effect from chemo.”

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Caleb was born at 27 weeks along with sisters Poppy and Alyssia – an IVF miracle to Karen and her husband Andy.

The triplets will turn four in January.

Bankies have raised thousands of pounds this year to help the family cope with the costs of being unable to work and the months living in Jacksonville, Florida, getting treatment.

Karen said Caleb is being weaned off some of his stronger medication, and that’s left him emotional and angry. He’s one “confused and tired little boy”.

She added: “We just pray for good news after his MRI and thank the public and our local communities and people from further afield whom have supported us throughout this journey and continue to do so.

“His Facebook followers have grown every week and we are grateful for that as our aim is to raise as much awareness as possible around kids with cancer and the side effects.”

Caleb had an ATRT (atypical teratoid rhabdoid tumour), a fast-growing tumour of the brain and spinal cord that’s found in fewer than 10 per cent of children with brain tumours.

More than 90 per cent of cases are reportedly related to a gene defect that prevents uncontrolled growth.