MEET BRAVE BOBBY!
He loves Play Doh, wearing a fedora hat, and eating his chips with a knife and fork. As the nurses say, “Bobby dances to the beat of his own drum.”
When Bobby was diagnosed with leukaemia last October, he was rushed to emergency surgery the very next day. A central line was inserted so he could start receiving treatment immediately. His mum, Ness, says Bobby got “every kind of side-effect” from the chemo. He became so sick he needed an emergency MRI and CT scan, where a 12-centimetre clot was found in his brain. Now Bobby needs blood-thinning injections twice a day, on top of all the other painful treatments he endures. But worst of all, he is in hospital so much that he is isolated from his much-loved four brothers and sisters.
Bobby’s mum, Ness, explains,
“It’s mentally and physically draining on the other kids. Charlie, his older sister, is very close to Bobby and she has found it extremely hard. She has separation anxiety now. She gets very worried when we have to go to hospital or something bad happens. It’s all a lot, especially financially.
“It has been the hardest nine months of our lives, especially watching Bobby go through something that no parent or person should ever see – a child suffer – and listening to other kids beg in pain and scream while you’re in hospital. It’s heartbreaking.”