Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Battler Jack Fights Back after Illness

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Battler Jack Fights Back after Illness

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A BRAVE North Shields boy has taken his first steps since suffering a stroke during cancer treatment.

Jack Fieldhouse was a sporty and active 12-year-old when he was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia - a rapid and aggressive cancer - at the start of the year.

His parents, Wayne, 51, and Johanne, 45, had noticed a rash on his body and took him to hospital to be checked over.

Blood tests revealed Jack had cancer and would have to start six months of intense chemotherapy at Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary.

But Jack, who was a keen amateur boxer and footballer, suffered a severe stroke and lost mobility on his right side after having a bad reaction to his treatment.

Wayne, who works for Nissan, said: "After eight days in the RVI Jack was released to come home and we both took time off to spend some quality time with him. Then on Thursday, February 8, the day after he received a pegfilgrastim injection, he was at home but extremely sluggish.

"He then quickly deteriorated and we both realised he was having a stroke.

"We bundled him into the car and drove straight to the RVI."

Doctors confirmed their worst fears that Jack had suffered a severe stroke and had lost mobility down his right side.

"We were shocked as you don't associate strokes with children but I saw my own son have one right in front of me," Wayne said. He is now having to learn how to do everything again from movement to his speech."

Sadly, the anguish did not stop there for the family.

Jack then developed several brain bleeds and had to undergo a lifesaving operation to have a permanent shunt fitted which releases excess fluid from his brain down his spine.

Wayne said: "Things were looking extremely bleak before Jack's operation. We honestly thought we were going to lose him. …

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