Kian Musgrove was diagnosed with an extremely rare cancer called neuroblastoma last year. His body was covered in tumours, but after ten weeks of chemotherapy and surgery to remove some of the tumours, the 18-month-old toddle seems to have beaten the disease.
Kian’s mum Kat talks about the relief of hearing the results of his scan: “Kian has been absolutely amazing. He has fought through this incredibly well.
“When the doctors said they couldn’t see any of the tumours anymore, it was such a relief. To think that he has fought off 27 tumours is just incredible.”
Kian first showed signs of illness last year while on a family holiday in Turkey: “He woke up one morning whilst we were on holiday and he just couldn’t seem to get his balance. The following day he had a high temperature and I thought he had picked up a virus so I took him to the doctors there.
“They said he was just teething and we were due to fly home later that day so we got on the plane and came home. When we arrived home he was screaming so much in pain and it wasn’t like him so I took him straight to hospital.”
However, doctors kept saying he had a virus and sending him home. It wasn’t until eight weeks later when Kat took him to the Royal Victoria Infirmary for blood tests that the true cause of his sickness was revealed: “My world just fell apart when they told me had cancer. It was the biggest shock of my life. I just couldn’t take it in.
“All those times when I’d taken him to the doctors and they’d said it was just a virus. When all along he’d been fighting cancer.
“I nearly fainted when I saw his full body scan photos. It was just a mass of black everywhere. It was in his bones all over his body. The only place where there were no tumours were his hands and feet.”
Kat is making every effort to ensure his cancer doesn’t come back. She is fundraising to bring to American for treatment which is not available in the UK.