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'You never think this could happen to your child': Mother's heartbreak as toddler son diagnosed with rare cancer

PUBLISHED: 10:04 02 February 2019 | UPDATED: 15:51 03 February 2019

Jaymen Woolston has been diagnosed with neuroblastoma. PHOTO COURTESY OF WOOLSTON FAMILY

Jaymen Woolston has been diagnosed with neuroblastoma. PHOTO COURTESY OF WOOLSTON FAMILY

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A devastated mother has spoken of her fear after her toddler son has been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, and given less than 40pc chance of survival.

Jaymen Woolston with his older sister Harlow. PHOTO COURTESY OF WOOLSTON FAMILYJaymen Woolston with his older sister Harlow. PHOTO COURTESY OF WOOLSTON FAMILY

A devastated mother has spoken of her fear after her toddler son has been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, and given less than 40pc chance of survival.

Louise Woolston was left “petrified” after her mother’s instinct led to the discovery of a 9cm by 8cm tumor on her son’s stomach, later confirmed to be neuroblastoma.

Due to celebrate his second birthday in March, Jaymen Woolston now faces a gruelling chemotherapy programme in the hope of saving his life.

Mrs Woolston said: “He is a loving, kind, gentle and amazing son who is very well loved.

Jaymen Woolston has been diagnosed with neuroblastoma. PHOTO COURTESY OF WOOLSTON FAMILYJaymen Woolston has been diagnosed with neuroblastoma. PHOTO COURTESY OF WOOLSTON FAMILY

“We are petrified for him. It has spread to his leg, chest, and kidney and we were told survival rate is 40-60pc, but a few days later they told us it is now less than 40pc.

“This is so frightening. You never think it could happen to your child.

“We can’t stop crying and breaking down. I just want to be told it will all be okay.

“It is a rare cancer but we want to raise awareness of the symptoms and what to look out for to prevent other parents going through the same.”

Jaymen Woolston has been diagnosed with neuroblastoma. PHOTO COURTESY OF WOOLSTON FAMILYJaymen Woolston has been diagnosed with neuroblastoma. PHOTO COURTESY OF WOOLSTON FAMILY

The news shocked the Lowestoft family, with Jaymen “happy and healthy” just weeks earlier.

Mrs Woolston said: “About two weeks ago, Jaymen fell ill and became very cuddly.

“We were told it was a viral infection, but a few days passed and I just knew something wasn’t right. It was mother’s instinct.

“The doctors then gave him some antibiotics, but two days later he stopped walking.

Jaymen Woolston has been diagnosed with neuroblastoma. PHOTO COURTESY OF WOOLSTON FAMILYJaymen Woolston has been diagnosed with neuroblastoma. PHOTO COURTESY OF WOOLSTON FAMILY

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“We took him back to A&E and they found a lump on the left side of his stomach, which was a big tumour with a blood supply.”

Despite his condition, Jaymen has remained “perky” as he faces a lengthy stay at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, with father Jordan Woolston and three-year-old sister Harlow also by his side.

Mrs Woolston said: “He seems to be perky and does a little bit of playing even though he has a lot of tubes.

“Harlow has been playing with him too, and giving him lots of kisses and cuddles. She knows he isn’t well but she doesn’t fully understand.”

A Gofundme page has been set up by a family friend to encorage people to #PrayForJaymen in the hope the toddler can make a dream trip to Disneyland, as well as going towards covering the cost of daily trips between Lowestoft and Addenbrooke’s Hospital.

So far, more than £4,900 has been donated, while a family fun day fundraiser has also been planned by family friends for Oulton Village Community Centre on March 9 between 10am and 1pm.

To donate, go to: https://www.gofundme.com/8zecn-pray-for-jaymen

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