King’s Lynn boy Jac Coffey given the all clear
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A three-year-old boy has been given the allclear, after battling tumours in his brain and spinal cord for more than a year.
Jac Coffey, who will be four in September, was given only days to live when he was diagnosed with a rare brain tumour in March 2015.
He underwent a 17-and-a-half-hour operation at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge to remove an ependymoma tumour which started at the back of his brain and wrapped around his spinal cord.
Doctors said the tumour was one of the biggest they had seen, but they were able to remove about 95pc of it during the first operation.
Two more ependymoma tumours, similar to the one removed from his brain, were discovered in his spinal cord just before Christmas last year.
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And the brave tot underwent five hours of surgery to remove them on December 29, and then had his third operation to remove the rest of the tumour remaining in his brain. He has since been receiving radiotherapy treatment.
His mother Kayleigh Coffey, 28, from Gaywood, King's Lynn, said: 'He has now been given the all- clear, which we are over the moon about. But he has a high relapse rate, a 46pc chance of relapsing, so he's being monitored every six months.
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'He will have an MRI scan every six months, and will also need check-ups with his oncologist and the spinal specialist.
'But he's doing fine and enjoying beating his younger brother up. He's due to start school in September next year.'
Earlier this year, the youngster received an award for his courage, after he was nominated by Mrs Coffey and husband Jay, 33, a self-employed PA, for the Cancer Research UK's Kids and Teens Star Award. The family also includes 11-month-old son Leo.
Mrs Coffey has begun to fundraise for £1,000 to pay for 17 DVDs at the children's unit at Addenbrooke's Hospital, where her son was treated,
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