Boy, 4, Given A Year To Live After Bump On Head Revealed Brain Tumour

14/08/2014 16:53 | Updated 22 May 2015

Boy, 4, given a year to live after bump on head revealed brain tumour

A four-year-old boy has been given a year to live after a simple bump led to him being diagnosed with a fatal brain tumour.

When Jayden Wilson became unsteady on his feet and fell over, his parents took him to hospital as a precaution.

A routine scan that he had not injured himself - but he had a grade four tumour. His parents have been told that he has just a year to live.

Jayden was given the CT scan hours after a fall two weeks ago, and following the discovery of a mass on his brain, he was transferred to a hospital specialising in brain surgery.

After an MRI scan and biopsy, doctors told his mother, Lou, and father, Mike, that he has cancer.

After what they described as the 'worst weeks of our lives' the couple are now fundraising to make the rest of Jayden's life full of special days.

Not much has changed for the lively four-year-old since the fall on August 28. He has started at a new school, has played with his favourite LEGO, and spent precious moments with his parents and older sister Ella, at their home in Basingstoke.

Mike, a professional freerunner who has featured in films including Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and Pirates of the Caribbean, said: "We are staying very positive and are meeting doctors to decide the way forward."

Jayden's parents have also put out a 'global appeal' on Facebook for 'energy and positive thoughts'.

In just two weeks, it has been shared more than 12,000 times and messages of support have flooded in from around the world.

The couple wrote: "On August 28 2013, our little boy fell resulting in a bump to his head, due to becoming unsteady on his feet. He taken to was North Hampshire Hospital.

"They performed a CT scan where unfortunately they found something.

"Jayden was immediately rushed to Southampton Children's Hospital where the top neuro brain specialist did an MRI scan.

"Now I must state at this point that up until his fall, he had NO symptoms whatsoever, which is why this has been such a devastating and total shock to our family.

"The results came back and unfortunately the neuro specialist confirmed they were 80 to 90 per cent certain it is a tumour.

"If Jayden does have a tumour he has an average of one year to live. He is just four.

"We are reaching out to the world for hope and energy believing our beautiful little boy will survive this and have a normal life."

They received the news Jayden definitely had a tumour during an appointment with a consultant last Wednesday.

They wrote: "The news we had back today was our worst nightmare.

"They grade tumours one to four with four being the worst and, yes, Jayden's is four. It's the worst news ever to get told anyone's child is going to die.

"I wouldn't wish this on anyone's child, let alone mine."

Fundraising events have been planned around Basingstoke and donations of Jayden's favourite toy Lego have been dropped in.

His parents now have to meet again with doctors and decide if they should consider radiotherapy.

• For more information, and to find out how to donate, visit the family's Facebook page.

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