Brave young boy

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By CAITLIN WAL­LACE

Nicolaus An­der­sen is only three years old and has al­ready spent al­most half his life in hospi­tal.

But this year the brave young boy cel­e­brated his first birth­day with no signs of cancer.

He turned three ear­lier this month and was treated to lunch and a magic show with his friends at Toko­roa McDon­ald’s.

The mile­stone was some­thing to cel­e­brate as the road has been tough for the fam­ily of four, soon to be five.

It started when Nicolaus was only a few months old, Diane and her hus­band no­ticed Nicolaus had a lump on the side of his stomach.

The pair were con­cerned and said they were told it was noth­ing to worry about.

But at 10 months old, Nicolaus passed out and was rushed to hospi­tal.

It was there they found out the di­ag­no­sis of kid­ney cancer called the Wilms’ tu­mour.

Nicolaus was taken to Star­ship Hospi­tal in Auck­land af­ter an oper­a­tion to have his kid­ney re­moved

The oper­a­tion was fol­lowed by a pain-stak­ing process of chemo­ther­apy and ra­di­a­tion.

At 18 months, the fam­ily was told the good news that he was clear.

It seemed to their re­lief, ev­ery­thing was OK only to have more bad news of a tu­mour of his lung a few months later.

Half of his lung was re­moved and he con­tin­ued with more treat­ment.

Now that Nicolaus is in re­mis­sion, the fam­ily hope to slip back into nor­mal fam­ily life.

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