Brave tot is ready for a family Christmas

Jessica Holmes visiting Father Christmas at Barton Grange Garden Centre.
Jessica Holmes visiting Father Christmas at Barton Grange Garden Centre.
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A battling toddler is getting ready for a happy Christmas at home.

Three-year-old Jessica Holmes, from Catterall, near Garstang, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in October last year.

But in February, her parents Mandy and Bob were told to prepare for the worst when their daughter contracted pneumonia and three lung infections.

She was put into an induced coma at Manchester Children’s Hospital and spent three weeks in an intensive care unit, with her organs shutting down.

But amazingly the brave tot fought back and will now be spending the Christmas it was feared she would not reach at home with her family.

Mum-of-five Mandysaid: “Hopefully we are going to be at home for Christmas but you don’t know what’s going to happen day to day.

“We are just going to carry on how we are, she is doing fine at the moment.

“My daughters are coming over for the day and we are just going to stay at home and have a family day.”

Jessica currently endures three different types of chemotherapy, one daily, one weekly and one every 12 weeks which is injected in to her spine.

She also has physiotherapy to help her muscles which have been damaged from the intense treatment, and wears leg splints to help her walk.

But despite her condition, Jessica, who has asked Father Christmas for a flashing yo-yo, will be like any other child come Christmas morning, hoping her wish has come true.

Mandy said: “Jessica is very caring about other people and always puts other people first.

“When I took her to see Father Christmas the first thing she said to him was that Dylan her brother wanted Xbox games and I said no, tell him what you want. She always just wants to help others.”

Jessica’s family is now raising money for Manchester Hospital’s ICU unit and CLIC Sargent. To support them, see