Cancer at two hours old: Midwife who spotted rare condition helped to save our baby's life
Nurse spotted Evan Wilson's swollen stomach as he was handed to his mother at Princess Royal Hospital in GlasgowTwo hours later doctors diagnose hepatoblastoma, rare form of liver cancerHe underwent emergency surgery and embarked on a gruelling six-month course of chemotherapy, enduring his first session at just 12 days old
22:58 GMT, 30 May 2012
Amid the clamour and commotion of the delivery room, it could so easily have gone unnoticed.
As newborn Evan Wilson was handed to his delighted mother, the midwife spotted that his stomach was swollen.
She took him away to be examined by specialists – and at just two hours old, Evan became the youngest patient to be diagnosed with liver cancer in Britain.
Survivor: Evan Wilson, now aged five months and pictured with his parents Lorraine and Scott, is the youngest patient in Britain ever to have cancer detected – just 15 minutes after he was born
Diagnosed with hepatoblastoma, Evan lies in a special care unit at Princess Royal Hospital in Glasgow
Aged 12 days, he began chemotherapy,
which tested medical expertise to the limit as doctors struggled to
calculate the safe dosage for such a young child.
But Evan, now six months, has
responded so well to treatment that mother Lorraine, 39, father Scott,
41, and six-year-old sister Jorja are now waiting for confirmation that
he is in remission.
Mrs Wilson said: ‘I only held Evan
for a few minutes when they took him off me and all this began. I was
howling. It was horrendous to go through.’
Newborn: Just moments after Evan was handed to his mother Lorraine, a midwife spotted his swollen stomach
Seriously ill: Within two hours of his birth, doctors diagnosed Evan with hepatoblastoma
But the quick actions of the midwife
at Glasgow’s Princess Royal Hospital in November may have saved her
Evan was diagnosed with hepatoblastoma, a rare form of liver
cancer, and transferred to nearby Yorkhill Royal Hospital for Sick
Children on the same day.
Mrs Wilson, a psychiatric nurse from
Lennoxtown, East Dunbartonshire, said: ‘If the cancer had spread, the
doctors said his chances would have been reduced massively.
‘You wouldn’t know he was sick to
look at him now. Apart from a central gastric feeding tube in his nose,
he looks like a normal healthy child.’
Protective: Evan's sister Jorja, then aged five, watches over her little brother
Rare diagnosis: Evan is one of only a handful of babies born in Britain to develop cancer in the womb
As well as seven chemotherapy
sessions, Evan had an operation to remove his gall bladder and half his
liver at Birmingham Children’s Hospital in April.
He now faces a two-week wait for the
results of yesterday’s MRI scan. Dr Jairam Sastry of Yorkhill Royal
Hospital said: ‘All the ultrasound results show that he is in remission
and the MRI scan he has undergone is just to confirm that.
'He has done
really, really well. His prognosis is very good.’
* Mrs Wison is holding a charity event at Lennoxtown Memorial Hall on June 24 to raise money for cancer charity CLIC Sargent