Something wasn’t right for the mother who saw her son’s “slight wobble.”
After feeling that something wasn’t quite right with her son, a mother received terrible news.
At the age of two and a half, Natalie Hayward’s son Theo Clennon was diagnosed with EMTR, a rare type of brain tumor.
The mother, who lives in Tarporley, Cheshire, claimed the first symptom she saw in her kid was a’slight wobble’ one morning.
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Natalie claimed he was a happy toddler before the diagnosis, but something wasn’t quite right, according to Cheshire Live.
“At two years old, Theo was a happy, thriving child who went to a conventional nursery and was always active,” she said.
“I was concerned something wasn’t quite right when he awoke with a small wobble.”
In 2016, Theo was diagnosed with a grade 4 brain tumor after a trip to the doctor and repeated visits to A&E.
“Because of its proximity to the brain stem, the outcome was palliative,” Natalia explained.
“I was astounded by the cancer’s rarity and lack of treatment options, but following a second opinion a few weeks later, my son underwent surgery at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, where the wonderful surgeon Connor Mallucci conducted a thorough resection.
“I realize now that I had no idea how revolutionary the operation was at the time, which was probably a good thing.
“Resecting a tumor of that size from that part of the brain is rarely tried, and much less frequently successful.
“Looking back, I realize how difficult it is for a parent to fully process the situation. One minute, I was making the most of end-of-life care, planning days out, and scrambling to get family together, and the next, I was watching Theo deteriorate and undergo life-changing surgery all in one month.”
Theo, who is now seven years old, underwent intensive treatment in Oklahoma, including proton therapy, and is now one of only a few known ETMR long-term survivors in Europe.
There are roughly 20 post-treatment survivors globally, according to estimates.
Because of the harsh nature of Theo’s treatment for his grade 4 cancer, “The summary has come to an end.”