An eight-month-old baby is fighting for his life after doctors initially thought leukaemia was a virus, his family claim. Little Noah Buchanan’s family claim the infant’s leukaemia went undiagnosed for five months and he has been back and forth to the doctor’s since he was three months old.

Parents Kirsty Harley and Michael Buchanan, from Rhyl, North Wales, were concerned that he was very lethargic and being sick, but said doctors told them he was suffering from a virus. But three weeks ago they pushed for tests. The results were devastating and revealed Noah had juvenile myelomonocytic leukaemia (JMML) – a form of rare childhood cancer most common in children under two-years-old.

The family say doctors at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital told his parents that had he not been brought in when he was, they could have lost him. The future still remains uncertain for Noah, who has since spent time in intensive care and has undergone blood transfusions, bone marrow extractions and chemotherapy.  He will remain at the Liverpool hospital indefinitely while he battles the disease.