Jean-Christophe Novelli has revealed that his son is home from hospital after undergoing cancer treatment.
The award-winning chef told in November that his baby boy Valentino had been diagnosed with a rare and extremely aggressive type of Neuroblastoma cancer.
But now, after six months of treatment, the little one is back home and said to be glowing with health.
Talking to Woman magazine, the 56-year-old said: “My wife Michelle and I are delighted our son Valentino is home from hospital.
“We are so lucky that our kid made it. That’s why we’ve never celebrated the news, because there is nothing to celebrate about it – we’ve just enjoyed the fact that he’s back home and that he’s growing, becoming stronger.
He and his wife Michelle share three children together, Jean Frankie, eight, Jacques, four, and Valentino Louis, eight months. Jean-Christophe also has a 26-year-old daughter called Christina from a previous marriage.
Christina shared a sweet video of her father with her step-brother, and captioned it: “Best news in the world ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️”.
What’s more, Michelle has also now recuperated from a severe attack of deep-vein thrombosis. At the time, doctors thought that it may reach her heart.
The chef told the Daily Mail: “Looking back, I now realise that I could have lost them both. It doesn’t bear thinking about.
“We faced unimaginable hardship, but we’ve pulled through and I feel confident that the worst is over.”
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The tot isn’t yet completely out of the woods though. He is still only able to feed through a tube in his nose to his stomach, and also has a catheter used for chemotherapy or other medication, that goes straight to his heart.
The chef, who is currently working on cooking show A Culinary Genius with Fern Britton, also added: “He is a real fighter. He’s gone through more than most of us in our lives, but he’s determined to survive. I just have to believe he will be OK.”