Emotional Moment Little Girl Bursts Into Tears As She Learns Her Dad Has Beaten Cancer
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Little Maisy Dickson had never spent a night away from her father Chris until he went into hospital to have his bladder removed last week.
The school girl was expecting him to be in hospital for two weeks as he recovered from the nine-hour operation, but he managed to come home after just nine days - and kept his return a secret so he could surprise his youngest daughter.
In on the surprise, Maisy's mum Sharon told her to go upstairs and check her phone for a Snapchat update from her dad and when she opened the message, it was a selfie of Chris, 43, lying on the sofa in the living room asking for a hug.
Sprinting downstairs, the youngster was left in tears as she was reunited with her dad following his surgery, three days earlier then expected.
Chris said: "I hid on the sofa in the living room and she ran upstairs. My wife told her to check her Snapchat because her dad had sent her a message from hospital and was waiting for a reply.
"I'd actually sent her one from the sofa asking her for a hug.
He added: "I have never been away from my daughter for even a night. She flew down the stairs and screamed when she saw me. She completely broke down, I had never seen her like that before.
Chris was diagnosed with bladder cancer six years ago and his family supported him as he underwent numerous rounds of chemotherapy.
But tumours would appear every three months and after two more were found in July, Chris decided to make the drastic decision to have a radical cystectomy.
The nine-hour procedure saw two surgeons remove his entire bladder, his prostate, lymph nodes, vesical veins and sperm sacks.
The father-of-three from Lancashire added: "I know it doesn't sound like a long time six years, but when you live through it, it feels like sixty years.
"It was very traumatic for her. She visited me while I was in hospital and was distraught when she left. She completely broke down," he shared.
"She's only eight, so we didn't go into too much detail, but we felt like we couldn't lie to her either. For an eight-year-old to deal with all that, it's incredible."
Maisy said she was the "happiest girl in the world," adding: "My daddy is my best friend and I hated him being in hospital, now I've got him back cancer-free for the rest of my life."
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