Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Home at Last, Brave Kian Is All Smiles

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Home at Last, Brave Kian Is All Smiles

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Byline: Dan Warburton Chief Reporter dan.warburton@ncjmedia.co.uk

BACK home with his family, little Kian Musgrove's smile defies the life-threatening cancer that is attacking his body. The 19-month-old youngster is in the middle of intensive chemotherapy treatment as medics try to wipe-out a rare disease known as neuroblastoma. For just 48 hours the toddler was allowed to return to his Newbiggin Hall home for the first time in nearly two months.

But loved ones will today discover the extent of his cancer as he undergoes an intricate operation that will tell specialists if the cancer cells have attacked his bone marrow.

His family has launched a PS500,000 fundraising drive as they look to raise cash that could send him to the US for pioneering treatment if he relapses.

Kian's mum, Kat, 25, who with her fiance Sam Gordon, 26, and daughter, Katie, three, said: "Kian is going under anaesthetic so doctors can take bone marrow samples. It's to look for cancer cells and to see if the treatment is helping.

He had cancer cells before but it's to see if the treatment has had any effect yet.

"It's been amazing having him home - he smiles all the time despite the fact he has this illness. He's incredibly brave."

Kian was diagnosed with the cancer - so rare it affects just 100 children each year - in September after falling ill on a family holiday in Turkey.

Following a painful hip biopsy the toddler began a course of high-dose chemotherapy as his family were told he could face up to two years of hospital treatment.

Next week he will begin his fifth bout of the treatment as he continues his fight for survival.

His family have begun a fundraising drive to boost his chance of survival from 40% to 70% with pioneering treatment in the US.

Kat said: "He's doing so well - he never seems fazed by it all. He's really happy and he just gets on with it.

"A friend had some special t-shirts made and Kian's says 'Caring fro Me' on the front and 'Boss' on the back. He's going through so much but he's loving the attention he's getting.

"We'll find out if he has cancer cells in his bone marrow soon and we know there's a long way to go but he's taking every day in his stride. …

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