Case Studies: Harris Rae
Harris was diagnosed with a Wilms Tumour at the beginning of July 2019 after his nursery found a large amount of blood clots in his nappy. They discovered a 7cm tumour within his right kidney; after 4 weeks of intense Chemotherapy he had a major operation to fully remove the kidney and we were pleased to say that the operation was a success. Once Harris was fully recovered from the operation, he then received a further 4 weeks of Chemotherapy and he was then able to ring the ‘End of Treatment’ Bell on the 26th September 2019. We collectively decided to leave ‘Hickman line’ (the line use to administer Chemo and other fluids that are needed) still attached to Harris just in case he relapse shortly after treatment which is common, sadly the line had Bacteria forming inside and Harris got Sepsis, for a night at hospital we honestly thought that this may not end positively, an emergency operation took place to remove the line and after plenty of Antibiotics, Harris pulled through.
He is now a very loud and thunderous character, always announcing that he is in the room, allowing everyone to recognise that he is there and he requires you to acknowledge this. He is extremely close to his mum and loves to participate in the household chores, this is usually very welcomed. Harris is so independent, there is no stopping him in what he wants to achieve and hopefully this attitude remains throughout his life.
As with most children in remission, Harris still has medical issues from the side effects of his Chemo or by having just the single kidney, but this is manageable. We recognise that the effects of cancer does not just stop at the patient but the family will all suffer from some sort of scarring, but Harris remains with us and for this, we know we are extremely lucky and grateful!