THE mother of a triplet being treated for an aggressive brain cancer says a bump to her son’s head in a soft play area may have saved his life.
Three-year-old Caleb Stirrat is now having chemotherapy after he went to Florida for proton beam therapy — a less intrusive form of radiotherapy — after donors raised £13,000.
But mum Karen, from Clydebank, in West Dunbartonshire, said that his tumour was only diagnosed because of the accident.
Caleb was sick and complained of a headache after they visited the play area. She said: ‘They think he banged his head and it made the tumour bleed, and he was sick. They think that’s what triggered the effects — that’s how he was treated so quickly.
‘The surgeon said he wouldn’t have been here the next day. It doesn’t bear thinking about.’
The trauma, which began in February, is just the latest medical hurdle for Karen, 34, and her husband Andy, 42, who underwent IVF to have Caleb and his sisters Poppy and Alyssia. The triplets had to fight for life after being born at 27 weeks in January 2016. Now Mrs Stirrat is hoping the family will get back to normal by Christmas.
‘The chemo was supposed to finish in August but his blood counts are really low, so I’m hoping it might be November,’ she said. But they need to raise a further £7,000 — and would give anything more to cancer research. ‘If it wasn’t for the public helping I don’t like to think… We are so fortunate that we have had so much help.’