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Radioactive mum can hug children at last

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: January 14, 2014

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A mum who was unable to hug or touch her children when medical treatment left her radioactive can finally enjoy a cuddle – after being given the all clear.

Emma Day, 27, was told to stay two metres from anyone after a pioneering thyroid cancer treatment left her emitting harmful rays. She was initially hospitalised in an isolation ward but doctors allowed her to return home – as long as she did not go near her six-year-old daughter and one-year-old twins.

But now, seven months after starting the treatment, the mum has been given the all clear meaning she can finally kiss and cuddle her children once more.

Mrs Day, of Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, said: "I was really struggling with not being able to be near my children, and it was really emotional especially when the children were crying and I couldn't go to them."

Mrs Day said she rushed home to cuddle her children as soon as doctors told her it was safe.

The mum-of-three was first diagnosed with thyroid cancer in January last year after seeing a doctor for a lump in her throat.

As part of her treatment she underwent a pioneering programme which saw her placed in an isolation unit in Cheltenham General Hospital. She was initially so radioactive anything she touched inside had to be thrown away and she had only a phone for company.

Emma was allowed home three weeks ago.

It is the second time Mrs Day has had cancer, after having leukaemia as a child.

Emma will have a scan in six months to see whether she will have to undergo the treatment again, but for now she is determined to make the best of being close to her family.

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