Miracle Westhoughton brain tumour boy enjoys tractor treat
Buy this photo » RIDING HIGH Jacob Tudor with mum and dad David and Louise
JUST four years ago, an inoperable tumour the size of a tennis ball was squashing little Jacob Tudor’s brain.
He had lost the use of his legs, underwent chemotherapy and radiotherapy, and was sleeping 23 out of every 24 hours.
Eventually, doctors discharged the brave youngster, saying there was no more they could do for him.
But after what his parents are calling a miracle recovery, the tractor-mad 10-year-old from Westhoughton is able to walk a few steps, while his tumour is now dormant and has shrunk to the size of a marble.
And to cap off the St James’ CE School pupil’s remarkable recovery, he has been given his dream present of a ride around on a local farm on a full-size tractor.
Jacob’s mum Louise, aged 38, who was there with dad David, aged 42, to cheer him on, said: “He has loved his tractors from when he was a little boy and to see him sat in a full-sized one was amazing, his eyes just lit up.
The low point was in early 2009 when the tumour was squashing his brain and he had lost the use of his legs and had three operations just to help him survive at the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital in Pendlebury and the Christie Hospital in Manchester.
“He had both chemotherapy and radiotherapy and he was sleeping 23 out of every 24 hours, but eventually he was discharged with them saying there was no more that they could do for him.
“It was basically let's see what happens.”
Over the past three years, since the treatment, the tumour has shrunk, and as a result, Jacob has been able to recover some of his faculties and is able to walk again.
And while the treatment has done lasting damage to some of his vital systems, including weakness in the left side of his body, he can now walk a few steps.
Mrs Tudor added: “He is still on palliative care but we consider it nothing short of a miracle that the tumour, which caused the problems in the first place is dormant.
“He has been doing so well this year and it's the first time since he was struck down by the tumour that we have been able to plan for his adulthood.”
Farmer Mark Lancaster said: “I have a little passenger seat and Jacob sat alongside me.
“He was so excited as well as a bit nervous but I drove him up and down the lane for a few minutes. He is an amazing little lad.”
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