A BRAVE toddler celebrated her third birthday with a fairtale-style party just hours after undergoing emergency treatment for her fight against leukaemia.
Little Erin Cross, who lives in Upton, had to be rushed to the Countess of Chester Hospital on the night before her third birthday.
She underwent a blood and platelet transfusion overnight and was discharged just in time to celebrate her special day.
Her parents Sarah and Antony became alarmed after Erin’s platelet count dropped to dangerously low levels and she developed a rash.
Erin, who has also celebrated the end of her intensive chemotherapy treatment and the start of a year-long maintenance programme, completed her transfusion with just enough time to get ready for her princess-themed party.
Her special day featured a princess cake, a pony ride, face-painting and a Punch and Judy show.
Mum Sarah said the day proved very emotional and the look of excitement on Erin’s face was priceless.
She said: “Erin had an amazing time and did remarkably well, considering she spent the whole night in hospital having transfusions.
“It was very emotional for us but we were just relieved that Erin was ok and able to have her special day after months of planning. It was magical.
“Erin had a wonderful time and it was a lovely moment when we released the balloons to mark the end of the intensive chemotherapy.
“Erin is very tired after her treatment and has been resting but she is doing well and we are looking ahead to the maintenance cycle now.”
Sarah and Antony’s world was turned upside down last year when Erin was diagnosed with lymphoblastic leukaemia just weeks after celebrating her second birthday.
Erin underwent a life-saving blood and platelet transfusion after she was transferred to the oncology unit at Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool.
Doctors say she has an 80 to 90 per cent chance of making a complete recovery.
Sarah and Antony have thanked the numerous individuals and companies who helped make Erin’s day that extra bit special including All Saint's Church Centre, Claire Hanks, Toddler Sense, Funky Floater Balloon Company, Andrew Clarkson, Karen Griffiths, Cheshire Pony Parties, Limos North West, Tricia Tasker, Jenny Adam Catering, Beth Thomas, Shelby Lee, Karen Griffiths, The Delicious Cake Company, Angel's Cakes and Corkscrew.
Before leaving for her birthday party in a taxi covered with balloons, Erin enjoyed a surprise visit at home from Claire Humphries who was dressed as Cinderella.
Erin then joined her friends at Hoole All Saints Church for her party. Afterwards, her party her friends and family helped her release balloons to mark the completion of her most intensive round of chemotherapy before being driven home in a pink stretch limo.
Fundraising group Erin's Fundraising Friends has raised about £6,000 so far and have many more events planned.