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Waltham Abbey boy diagnosed with rare cancer after doctors mistook lump for swelling


A 14-year-old boy was diagnosed with a rare type of cancer after initially being informed it was simply ‘swelling’ that might go down by itself, his household have claimed.

Kyle Crowder, 14, from Waltham Abbey, Essex, was sadly diagnosed with stage 3 Rhabdomyosarcoma – a rare sort of cancer that varieties in smooth tissue and largely impacts youngsters.

Kyle loves nothing greater than taking part in his Xbox and spending time with his Mum Paigan, Dad Chris, Step mum Sarah and sister Lily, who he dotes on.

So when Kyle discovered a lump and was experiencing ache at the start of December, aged simply 13 on the time, his household have been ‘heartbroken’.

Just a few dates after the invention, he was taken to Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow with his mum, the place his tumour was ‘misdiagnosed.’

Kyle was initially diagnosed with a hydrocele – a sort of swelling within the scrotum that happens when fluid collects within the skinny sheath surrounding the testicle.

However, the lump was truly cancerous.

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Sarah Redmond, 33, Kyle’s step mum mentioned: “Kyle was diagnosed with a hydrocele and was requested to return again in a few weeks. But we caught Covid, so he could not go to the hospital in case he had it as effectively.

“Because it was diagnosed as a hydrocele, we weren’t apprehensive. We have been informed that the swelling would go down naturally by itself, but it surely did not.

“A month later, when the swelling did not go down, we took him again to the hospital.

“He was then taken for a scan. He then went to a different hospital for an MRI and blood exams. Two days after the scan, we obtained the outcomes. He had Rhabdomyosarcoma.

“When you get informed your baby has cancer, it is completely heartbreaking.

“We have been indignant when he was misdiagnosed. But the upset overtook the anger. The solely factor that was taking part in on our minds that it was a ‘rare kind’ and he could not be handled close to house. We have been scared and knew what he must undergo.”

The analysis took a toll on the household. Amongst the devastation and heartbreak, they have been additionally extremely shocked.

Sarah, who has been Kyle’s step mum for 11 years, mentioned: “It was a large shock to all of us. His sister did not take it effectively in any respect.

“The one who truly took it one of the best out of all of us was Kyle. When he knew he would lose his hair to chemo, the very first thing he mentioned was ‘oh effectively, saves twenty quid on a hair lower does not it!’

“I’m so pleased with him. He’s a correct trooper.”

But Kyle then began experiencing lots of ache through the week main as much as Christmas. He was taken to the hospital for a follow-up appointment for doctors to find out the best way to take away the tumour.

At the start of February, Kyle attended Great Ormond Street Hospital to endure an operation to have the tumour eliminated.

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As they have been about to carry out the operation, the surgeon found that the tumour was too massive to take away.

Kyle and his household have been informed that he would wish to endure chemotherapy to cut back the scale of the tumour for doctors to have the ability to function on it.

A biopsy later confirmed that Kyle has stage 3 Rhabdomyosarcoma. The scan additionally confirmed that the cancer had sadly unfold to Kyle’s lymph nodes, the small glands that filter lymph, the clear fluid that circulates by the lymphatic system.

Kyle’s household have been devastated by the information and haven’t left his aspect ever since.

Kyle began an intensive 25 weeks of Chemotherapy on February 24 on the University College Hospital, which is able to see him attend the hospital a number of occasions every week and keep over for three consecutive nights each different week.

And after a number of months, the household obtained the superb information that the tumour has shrunk after a number of programs of chemotherapy.

“The chemo knocked him for six, however we have had some actually excellent news. The chemo is working rather well, the tumour has shrunk sufficient to be eliminated,” Sarah mentioned.

Once the tumour has been eliminated, Kyle will endure extra chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

Although that is superb information for the household, they must journey to Manchester so as for Kyle to get the essential radiotherapy as his cancer is rare.

The household have been not sure and apprehensive about how they might be capable of afford the bills.

Thankfully, Shane Yerrell, 37, from Waltham Abbey, launched a fundraising web page to assist Kyle and their bills for after they journey for Kyle’s remedy.

Sarah expressed how grateful she is to Shane: “We need to journey to Manchester for the radiotherapy. That’s why we’re so grateful to Shane for launching the fundraiser.

“Shane has been a terrific pal – he messages me each different day to see how we’re all doing and launched the fundraiser to assist us.”

Shane mentioned that he ‘instantly’ supplied his assist and assist to make sure the household can attend Kyle’s essential appointments.

He mentioned: “Kyle stays upbeat. But the subsequent six months to a yr goes to be actually robust. Physically and mentally. He goes to wish all of the assist he can get from household, pals and the local people.”

Shane mentioned: “Kyle’s dad Chris and his Step mum Sarah are pals of mine, and we additionally dwell on the identical property.

“When Sarah informed me about Kyle’s analysis I instantly supplied my assist and assist.

“It’s arduous to see anybody combating cancer, however Kyle is just 14. He’s a toddler.

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“When I used to be 14 I used to be out taking part in soccer with no care on this planet. He has to journey up and all the way down to London for chemotherapy and spend nights away from house in an odd place.

“The method he has dealt with it reveals how courageous he’s.

“His household have been a terrific assist for him too. I actually hope the remedy pays off then he can have a break free with his household to have a good time. He deserves it.”

Shane’s fundraiser will guarantee Kyle is snug and may attend each chemotherapy appointment in London and Manchester for the subsequent yr.

“Every penny that’s raised will go in direction of funding Kyle’s journey bills to and from the University College Hospital in London over the subsequent 6 to 12 months,” Shane mentioned.

“Money may even be utilized in something that may assist preserve Kyle snug over that interval.

“It could be nice if we as a neighborhood might get behind him and his household to assist them throughout this tough time.”

In response, Sharon McNally, director of nursing, midwifery and allied well being professionals at The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust, mentioned: “We are extraordinarily sorry to listen to in regards to the issues Kyle’s household have relating to his analysis at our hospital.

“We provide our easiest needs to Kyle and his household as he undergoes remedy.

“We are unable to touch upon particular person circumstances, nonetheless, we’d encourage Kyle’s household to contact our affected person expertise staff on 01279 827211 or [email protected] for assist.”

If you want to donate to Kyle’s Crowdfunding web page, click on right here.

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