The football-loving Bradley Lowery from Country Durham is suffering from Neuroblastoma. Earlier today, Bradley’s mother shared the tragic news that the young child has “only got few weeks to live,” because the cancer virus is spreading at a much faster rate than they earlier predicted.
The Sunderland fan from Durham was first diagnosed with Neuroblastoma in 2013. He went into remission, but the tumor returned in June 2016. Bradley Lowery’s mother Gemma made the heartbreaking announcement on Facebook post this afternoon, stating that the family first thought that Bradley had months to live, but apparently they were wrong as their five-year-old child has only a few weeks to live.
In her Facebook post, Gemma first asked apologized for not providing the updates on time as even she needed some time to digest the disturbing news. She then went on to describe all the radiotherapy which Bradley went under in the recent time and how the tumor inside his body is spreading all over.
“On Thursday after Bradley’s last radio he took poorly and his saturation levels were very low (this is the amount of oxygen he is getting into his body) because we weren’t at the RVI where he is normally treated the nurse had to get an ambulance to blue light him there.”
Gemma went on the reveal to all the wish-wishers that the reason behind his low oxygen level is because there is not much “room in his lungs now.”
She was told by all the doctors that her son now has a few weeks to live.
What Is Neuroblastoma?
Neuroblastoma (NB) is a type of cancer that forms in a certain type of nerve tissues. Most frequently, NB starts in the adrenal glands, but can also develop in the chest, neck, abdomen, or spine. Occasionally NB can spread to someone due to a mutation inherited from a person’s parents.
According to World Cancer Report 2014, Neuroblastoma is the most common cancer in babies and the third most common cancer in children after brain cancer and leukemia. About 1 in every 7,000 children happen to be affected by it at some point in time. About 90 percent of cases occur in children less than 5 years of age and it is extremely rare in adults.
NB’s diagnosis is usually confirmed by a surgical pathologist, taking into account the clinical presentation, laboratory tests, and microscopic findings.
According to the Journals of Clinical Oncology, there are a few stages that are taken into account when dealing with NB. Stage 1 shows the localized tumor confined to the area of the origin; State 2A describes unilateral tumor with incomplete gross resection; Stage 2B unilateral tumor with complete gross resection; Stage 3 shows how the tumor has infiltrated across the midline; Stage 4 is for the dissemination of tumor to distant lymph nodes.
In her previous post, Bradley’s mother revealed how they decided to head to London to get a proper consultation to “check him over ready for his Tumor cells to be removed.” In that post, she continued that as a parent, it is extremely hard to see her baby going through all this pain.
She added: “We are getting to make amazing memories that will last me a lifetime but I’d swap it in a heartbeat if I could let my little boy grow up to be a healthy young man.”
As of this writing, there are hundreds of thousands of Bradley’s well-wishers who have shared messages of support on the Facebook post. Moreover, the donations to the family’s JustGiving page continues to flood in.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Bradley Lowery and his mother Gemma. Keep checking back here at the Inquisitr for all the latest medical developments in Bradley’s case.
[Featured Image by Bradley Lowery’s Fight Against Neuroblastoma/Facebook]