When Lucas was one year old, he was diagnosed with a rare bladder cancer. At only three years old, he has now been through more challenges than most people in their lifetime. And after being told twice that their son would not live, his parents are preparing to watch him go to school for the first time.
In 2011, Lucas’s family flew him to Florida in the US to undergo proton therapy treatment.
But before he could embark on the five-week treatment, Lucas developed septicaemia and pneumonia at the same time, leaving his life hanging in the balance. « He went into intensive care and we were told that he wouldn’t make it through the night. We were then told he would be brain damaged, but he wasn’t. The doctors over there were baffled by him », his mom Jodie said.
The septicaemia did cause Lucas to lose most of his right foot and his fingertips, but he could have lost a lot more : « The doctors wanted to amputate his left arm, left leg, right hand and right foot, but we refused. We wanted to see what treatment could do for him », said Jodie.
The toddler is now running around the house, play-fighting with his brother, Jordan, aged 10, and sister Molly, aged six, and this week he will be putting on his new uniform and starting life at St George’s Central Primary School in Tyldesley.
Lucas will have been clear of cancer for two years in May but his parents have been warned that the disease could return in other parts of his body. « Everything that the doctors have expected him to do, he has done the opposite. No one can believe it when they see him running around and full of energy — it’s amazing », they said.