A three-year-old boy’s parents who noticed he had begun tilting his head an unusual way were shocked when he was diagnosed with an aggressive cancer.
Toddler Archie Vaughan’s parents first grew concerned when he began exhibiting a head tilt at the beginning of June.
By June 12, he had became wobbly on his feet and the tilt had grown worse.
After calling 111, the toddler’s parents, Hayley and Craig, took him to Pinderfields General Hospital, in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, where he had a CT and MRI scan.
Two days later, the family were told Archie had a brain tumour.
Archie was diagnosed with an aggressive cancer known as Embryonal Tumour with Multilayered Rosettes, Leeds Live reports.
He was then transferred to Leeds General Infirmary and specialists ordered further tests, a more detailed MRI scan, and a biopsy.
On June 25, the family received the devastating news that the high-grade tumour “was in an unfavourable position” and “surgery or chemotherapy to beat the aggressive cancer is not going to be an option.”
A crowdfunding page has been launched in a bid to raise money for Archie.
The family’s GoFundMe reads: “Archie’s balance started deteriorating and he has now more or less lost the use of his right hand.
“The right-hand side of his face is showing some facial weakness and his little smile is starting to fade. He gets frustrated as he can’t do the things he used to do and although he wants to run around as normal, the symptoms of his tumour are making that impossible.
The crowdfunding page continues: “The downside is that most survivors we know of having had to go abroad and self-fund to get this much-needed maintenance chemotherapy.
“This means travelling overseas every month for at least a year, issues with Covid, visas, travelling all the time with a poorly toddler, separating the family again, and also the huge cost (still undefined).
“He woke up one morning and told his Mummy ‘I just want to be proper again, I don’t like being wobbly’.
“We are living the nightmare but you just have to deal with it,” Archie’s parents added.
They have taken guidance from their Macmillan Nurse and Archie’s siblings are still unaware of what the future holds until the additional results come back from Great Ormond Street Hospital.
“Time is of the essence to raise the funds needed to cover Archie’s future life-saving treatment.
“Any gaps in treatment whilst the family try and get the funds together will mean he is unlikely to beat his fight against cancer as has more chance of a relapse.”
To donate to the crowdfunding page, click here.