Alfie had been suffering from headaches and vomiting, followed by constant tiredness and weight loss. I also noticed he’d become withdrawn from his peers, so I raised concerns with our GP and paediatrician. In September 2019, Alfie had an urgent MRI scan and we were given the news that he had a brain tumour. I was scared and terrified that I was going to lose our beautiful boy. He was transferred to a children’s hospital that night. Alfie was diagnosed with medulloblastoma, a cancerous brain tumour. He had a 60% chance of being cured. His treatment included surgery to remove the tumour, as well as six gruelling weeks of radiotherapy, and eight months of chemotherapy. After his surgery, he was diagnosed with posterior fossa syndrome, which meant he had to relearn how to walk and talk. Alfie never let it phase him and carried on with the same smile and bag of tricks. As a family, it was hard to be together during Alfie’s hospital stays, especially when the pandemic hit. He showed amazing resilience, courage and bravery. Finally, in October 2020, Alfie reached the end of his treatment, but his journey continues. The aggressive treatment he received has left him with some disabilities, and he is still learning to walk again. We are so proud of him, along with his brother and sister who now call him a superhero.Kerry, Alfie’s mum.
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