Zac returns from German clinic trip

A LITTLE boy is due to fly home today following three weeks of treatment in Germany for cancer.

Seven-year-old Zac Knighton-Smith, of Rushden, is due to arrive home this evening after undergoing a range of different treatments to help boost his immune system at a specialist cancer clinic in Germany.

The treatment was designed to help his body which has had years of treatment for acute neuroblastoma, including operations, chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

His grandmother June Knighton, of Stanwick, said: “Zac’s been doing really well with his treatment in Germany.

“The treatment has been removing the toxins in his body from the chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

“He’s had so much more energy as a result, it’s been wonderful.”

His doctors have allowed Zac to return home a week earlier than expected but he must return to Germany in three weeks for the next stage of his treatment.

This involves hypothermia treatment which induces a fever which destroys cancer cells because they do not like heat.

Zac needs to be in good health before he can have his next lot of treatment in Germany which is expected to take four or five days.

Zac’s family is trying to raise £40,000 for his ongoing treatment, including about £30,000 for his treatment in Germany.

So far they have managed to pay for the first instalment of the cost of the German treatment which came to about £7,500.

His family is busy organising fundraising events and they hope Zac will be able to attend the official reopening of the Needle & Awl pub in Rushden, which is undergoing a £270,000 revamp, later this month.

Mrs Knighton said: “Donations are still coming in from people for Zac – they’re often quite small but every little bit helps us and we’re very grateful.”

Anyone who can help the family can call 01933 460773 or 07949 928873 or donate online at