Six-Year-Old's Arm Cut Off To Beat Cancer - And Then Sewn Back On

14/08/2014 16:52 | Updated 22 May 2015

Little girl's arm is cut off for cancer op - and then sewn back on

A six-year-old girl's arm was cut off by surgeons to save her from cancer – before being sewn back on.

Bethan Evans' left arm was temporarily amputated at the shoulder, packed in ice and driven three miles to another hospital so the golf ball-sized tumour could be treated with radiotherapy.

The arm was then returned to Bethan and reattached by 10 specialists.

Parents Lynne, 37, and Arwel, 38, were so scared for their daughter they didn't tell her the arm would be cut off - until after the successful operation.

Little girl's arm is cut off for cancer op - and then sewn back on

Bethan said: "When they told me I just thought 'That's cool'.

"Now I think of it as my special arm. I'm really looking forward to skipping with my friends again when I get back to school."

After her parents noticed the lump on her arm, Bethan was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma, a rare bone and tissue cancer which affects 30 children in the UK each year. The frightening diagnosis came on her fifth birthday in January last year.

Because the tumour was wrapped around the bone and muscle the only way to stop the cancer spreading was amputation.

First Bethan had eight weeks of chemo and radiotherapy to shrink the tumour, which measured 17cm in diameter.

Little girl's arm is cut off for cancer op - and then sewn back on

Then in July last year she had an eight-hour op at Birmingham's Royal Orthopaedic Hospital before the arm was rushed to radiation experts at the city's Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Teacher Lynne said: "My husband and I sat in the ambulance with the arm. We told Bethan she was having a sleep, and when she woke her lump - we didn't say cancer - would be gone."

Bethan now has weekly physio on her upper arm. If she can't build her strength she could have a platinum bone fitted aged nine. And she is hoping to get the all-clear from cancer in four years.

Lynne, of Llangadfan, Powys, said: "Bethan isn't bothered about her scar now. And she can't wait to go back to school full-time."

Dad Arwel will cycle 220 miles from Holyhead to Cardiff next month for the Kids Cancer Charity.

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