A SEVEN-YEAR-OLD Sheffield boy is recovering from having a brain tumour removed – just months after his mother died of skin cancer.
Reece Winterbottom, of Sothall, was diagnosed at the Children’s Hospital.
“I just couldn’t believe it,” said his father, David, aged 38. “After everything we went through with Kirsty, then to be told my son had a brain tumour? I was just in complete shock.”
After he vomited, complained of a headache and his eyes started twitching, Reece, a pupil at Beighton Nursery Infant School, had a scan at the hospital, which found a craniopharyngioma, a benign tumour wrapped around the pituitary gland, which was blocking fluids to his brain.
Surgeons said it was one of the biggest they had seen at that age.
The six-hour operation was carried out by Saurabh Sinha, one of only three paediatric neurosurgeons in the country who perform the operation through the child’s nose.
“We were so lucky to have Mr Sinha,” said David. “He is so dedicated. He even came in on his day off to see how Reece was. He knew all the circumstances about what had happened with Kirsty and he was so delighted when he told me he had got the whole tumour out.”
Kirsty died last August.
Reece will have to take hormone replacement drugs for the rest of his life.
David, who has two other sons, Charlie and Louis, said the youngster was “doing fine. He is a little bit quiet but he’s just getting on with it. And we’re hoping he’ll be back at school after half term.”
Mr Sinha, who worked with Showkat Mirza, said: “We managed to remove all the tumour and are very pleased to see Reece doing so well.”