News Local Little Antonis back home to a warm welcome

Little Antonis back home to a warm welcome

Little Antonis, returned to Cyprus on Tuesday after completing pioneering treatment in Boston for a rare degenerative disease, with his parents thanking everyone for all the help and support the family has received.

Antonis, who in October celebrated his second birthday while in Boston, suffers from Spinal Muscular Atrophy type 1. He has been in Boston for two months.

In statements at the airport, his mother Hara Thoma thanked everyone for their support and said the family was proud of the state and of society for their response.

“We are proud for Mrs (Christina) Yiannaki (permanent secretary of the Health Ministry) who was by our side from the first minute… our doctor Mr Zaras was impressed with the stand of the Cyprus government. We would like to thank everyone. We are very moved. If our thank you was strong two months ago, today it is even stronger with our experience,” she said.

Yiannaki said that little Antonis was back after two months and his condition was excellent.

“The Health Ministry is truly happy that it helped this young patient. As I told the parents, we are here. The young patient will go back to Boston next year for a re-examination and we wish him the very best,” she said.


Read more

Top Stories

Over 50 sea turtles nest at Kiti-Pervolia’s Caretta beach this year

Over 50 loggerhead sea turtles have nested so far at the Caretta beach area of Kiti-Pervolia  this year, Melina Marcou of the Cyprus Fisheries...

An ash cloud rises above Sinabung volcano in Indonesia

An ash cloud rises above Sinabung volcano after its eruption in Karo Regency, North Sumatra, Indonesia August 10, 2020.

What you need to know about the coronavirus right now

Here's what you need to know about the coronavirus right now: Over 20 million cases Global coronavirus cases pushed past 20 million on Monday, according to a Reuters tally, with...

Cyprus-Russia new double tax deal prevents costly rift

Nicosia feels relieved now that Cyprus and Russia have agreed to amend their Double Tax Avoidance Treaty and to prevent a costly rift between...

Liverpool sign defender Kostas Tsimikas from Olympiakos

Liverpool have made their first signing of the transfer window by bringing in Greek defender Kostas Tsimikas from Olympiakos Piraeus on a long-term deal,...


Octopus ‘Kathisto’ (or Octopus braised in Wine)

Ingredients: 1/2 cup Greek extra virgin olive oil 2 medium onions, chopped fine 1 large octopus, about 2kg (cleaned and kept whole) 3/4 cup dry red wine 1/3 cup...

Homemade lemonade

Ingredients: 1 cup lemon juice 1 cup sugar Method: Thoroughly wash the lemons with soap and warm water. Roll each lemon with the palm of your hand, pressing...

‘Striftaria’ mini cheese pies

Ingredients 1 ½ cup milk 2 tbsps. flour 4 tsps. of butter 3 eggs, slightly beaten + 1 extra with 1 tbs. of milk for spreading 1 pack of...

Mini potato canapes baked on salt

Ingredients Serves: 12 1kg small Cypriot potatoes rock salt, as needed 250g salted butter 300ml full fat cremé frâiche 1 pot cod or salmon roe Method Prep:20min › Cook:35min › Ready in:55min Take...