05 August 2015

Eva was 18 months old when she was diagnosed with a Wilms’ Tumour. More than 400 procedures later her mum, Rebecca, tells their story.

“On the 10th November 2013 we took our precious daughter Eva, then 18 months old, to the emergency doctor. She had shown worrying signs she wasn't well.

A rare children’s kidney cancer

The doctors at the hospital seemed quite concerned, but we didn't really know why. However, after further tests and scans the doctors confirmed that Eva had something called a Wilms' Tumour, a rare children's kidney cancer. At this point Eva’s life changed forever…

We were quickly referred to hospital and Eva remains under their excellent care.

Over 400 procedures so far…

She has endured scans, stem cell harvesting, high-dose chemo and a stem cell transplant.Over a year on and Eva has had over 400 different procedures.

Eva has had more than 40 rounds of chemo, two major surgeries (including the loss of a kidney), three minor surgeries, and two rounds of radiotherapy.

She has had countless blood transfusions and dressing changes as well as hundreds of blood samples taken.

Eva has had numerous ambulance rides and has spent months in hospital. She has endured scans, stem cell harvesting, high-dose chemo and a stem cell transplant.

'Eva the Brave'

Eva and familySo, 400 treatments on and Eva has hardly complained.

She has been so very brave, full of smiles and laughter. She has been nicknamed 'Eva the Brave' and we are so proud of her.

Thank you, family and friends, for your support

We have been supported by amazing family and friends.

Eva in 2015All of these displays of support and help have allowed us to remain positive through what has been, and continues to be, a very difficult and challenging time. Thank you all!

Fantastic care from the NHS

The hospitals, doctors and the NHS have been amazing - offering a wealth of experience and expertise.

We have seen how Eva’s treatment has been specifically tailored to her individual circumstances with the consultants offering Eva new and experimental treatments."

Rebecca (Bex), Eva's mum
Eva(August 2015)

Update on Eva, now four years old

Eva is now four. She's had her yearly post-treatment check-up and, as you can see from the photo, is doing really well!

Rebecca (Bex), Eva's mum
(May 2016)

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