Parents of brave Jac Coffey from King’s Lynn given the news they have been dreading
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A couple have just been given the devastating news that their young boy's cancer could be terminal.
Jac Coffey, then aged three, was given the all-clear last summer after battling tumours in his brain and spinal cord.
He had been given just months to live, after being diagnosed with a rare brain tumour in March 2015. But doctors at Addenbrooke's Hospital removed the tumour - which they said was one of the biggest they had ever seen - after a 17-hour operation. They later removed two smaller growths.
Jac, aged four, began complaining of back pain last month. Now parents Kayleigh and Jay from Gaywood, King's Lynn, have been told the cancer has returned.
Mrs Coffey, 28, said: 'We're absolutely devastated, it was a complete shock to everyone. He would have been one year clear tomorrow. Instead he's starting radiotherapy.'
Jac is tonight returning to Addenbrooke's where he will undergo radiotherapy on the latest aggressive tumours to appear on his spine.
But one is near the nerves controlling his legs, bladder and bowels, meaning he may lose his mobility if it cannot be shrunk by treatment. And scans have also shown what may be the first signs of further growths developing.
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'There is nothing they can do, it's just literally giving him extra time,' said Mrs Coffey. 'It's repetitive. It's fought against radiotherapy, it's fought against chemotherapy so there's nothing else they can do.'
Mrs Coffey and her husband are now raising money to help Jac enjoy what remains of his childhood with his 20-month-old brother Leo. She said doctors say they have no idea how long he might have left.
'They've just told us to enjoy the two months after his radiotherapy finishes, go on holiday, give him some days out,' she said. 'We just want to give him as many happy memories and as much of the childhood that's going to be taken away as we can.'
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Jac was given a special award for courage at last year's EDP Stars of West Norfolk Awards. He was also honoured for his bravery in facing cancer by a Star Award from Cancer Research UK Kids and Teens.
The Coffey's will shortly be setting up an online just giving page. For now, anyone wishing to donate can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.