THE parents of a one-year-old cancer sufferer are praying for his recovery.
Little Jack Higgins was just 14 months old when diagnosed with Wilms’ tumour, a form of childhood cancer which affects the kidney.
Jack has gone through 23 weeks of chemotherapy, had his kidney removed along with the tumour and been in and out of hospital for months.
Every three weeks he has to spend four days wired to a machine at the Countess of Chester Hospital as part of his chemotherapy treatment.
Now on November 4 – six days before their first wedding anniversary – parents Lisa and John Higgins, of Aber View, Connah’s Quay, will be told whether their young family’s “torturous” six months are over.
The couple, who have both been forced to give up working to look after their ill son, expect doctors to break the news whether Jack is rid of his potentially deadly illness.
Lisa, 28, said there are going to be “a lot of sleepless nights” leading up to the day.
“It will be the biggest day of our lives,” she said.
“We are praying for it to be a good result. If it’s not, we are starting from scratch again.
“We are trying not to look at it negative, but it is always in the back of your mind.”
Jack, now 20 months old, also spent four weeks in Alder Hey Children’s Hospital after catching an infection. He he will now undergo more tests, as well as a blood transfusion, before his family learn his fete.
Mr and Mrs Higgins, who also have a two-year-old daughter Megan, said when they first received the news they were “devastated”
"We still can’t believe it has happened to us,” said Mrs Higgins.
“I made myself think that a child can’t get cancer.
“It has definitely opened our eyes to a different world.”
She said balancing life has been difficult.
“Megan has been passed to different family members – it’s not fair,” said Mrs Higgins.
“We just want everything to go back to normal.”
She added: “If we get the right results we will have a big celebration.”Mrs Higgins, who works in the head offices of Iceland, said if the results are negative, she may have to quit her job permanently. Husband John, who has a third child from a previous relationship – six-year-old Mikey – has also quit his job as a HGV lorry driver due to Jack’s illness.
Despite the family’s agony, they have arranged a charity night in aid of cancer research “to give something back”.
The family fancy dress fundraiser will be held at Connah’s Quay Navy Club on Friday, October 25, from 6pm. There will be raffle prizes, auctions, a buffet, and a host of entertainment. Tickets, which can be bought on the door, are £5 for an adult and £2.50 for children.
Funds raised will be donated to Cancer Research UK.