A Nebraska family captured the moment 7-year-old Avery Harriman learned he would finally be going home after 23 days in the hospital undergoing intensive chemotherapy.
Avery is the son of Chris Harriman, an assistant basketball coach for University of Nebraska-Lincoln, CBS Sports reported. The video was uploaded to the YouTube Channel for the Nebraska Huskers.
“Avery, guess what?” his father asks off-camera.
“What?” asks a pouting 55-pound Avery.
“We’re going home,” Harriman tells him.
Avery jumps and shrieks with joy, hugging his family.
He was first diagnosed with leukemia in 2009 when he was 2 years old. The cancer went into remission, but he relapsed in October 2012. That’s when he had a “perfect” bone marrow transplant from a stranger.
"They tell you that once you get 100 days post-transplant, that's a big milestone,” Harriman said. "Well, we were like 400 days post-transplant. Life was good."
His son was cancer free for 18 months before his second relapse.
Avery will be home less than a week before he is scheduled for a bone marrow biopsy. If the cancer is gone, Avery will undergo another bone marrow transplant. If not, he will undergo another round of chemotherapy.
"We're only home for a few days," Harriman told CBS Sports. "Then we're going to go back to the hospital and just, you know, try to figure out the next step."
“The best-case scenario is he has to go through another transplant, and we know he might not get through it. So even the best-case scenario is scary as shit,” he said.
"It's just brutal, man," he added.
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