A three-year-old little boy who was repeatedly diagnosed with a viral infection is now battling a cancerous brain tumour.

Jett Ebbs, from Grimsby, is currently undergoing gruelling chemotherapy and radiotherapy which has caused him to lose his lovely, blonde hair.

But his diagnosis was delayed as medics originally thought his symptoms were signs of a viral infection.

Parents, Keiley and Chris Ebbs, took Jett to the doctors and to A&E several times when they noticed their son had become unsteady on his feet.

He also developed a squint in October and had repeated bouts of sickness, particularly in the mornings.

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Jett underwent a 10-hour operation to remove the tumour – but it, unfortunately, spread down his spine.
(Image: Keiley Ebbs)

But they say they were repeatedly turned away and now Jett is having treatment to save his life.

Keiley, 35, said: “It got really bad in December so we once again took him to A&E. We finally got him to a paediatrician who did a CT scan.

“They found a tumour and we were blue-lighted to Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

“That was December 13 and we have been here ever since.”

They spent all Christmas by Jett’s hospital bed, unable to see their three other boys because of coronavirus restrictions.

Shortly after arriving in Sheffield, Jett was soon taken to theatre to undergo a 10-hour operation to try to remove the medulloblastoma tumour, which started at the lower back area of the brain.

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Unfortunately, the tumour has since spread down Jett’s spine and he started emergency chemotherapy last month.

Keiley said: “He was sedated for a week to save his life. He also needed a craniotomy to reduce pressure in his head.

“The chemo worked amazing and he has woken up and recovering well.

“He has already lost all his hair from the emergency chemotherapy.

“It’s the first time I’ve ever seen him without it so he looks very strange but I don’t think Jett minds.”

He must now undergo six sessions of radiotherapy, followed by 16 weeks of chemotherapy as part of his treatment.

Keiley said: “He had a shunt fitted on Tuesday and we are now due to start his radiotherapy.”

Parents Keiley and Chris Ebbs with their son, Jett, 3, who has been diagnosed with a medulloblastoma brain tumour
(Image: Keiley Ebbs / Go Fund Me)

The Ebbs family have been struggling to balance home and hospital life, especially due to Covid-19 restrictions.

“As a family, we are strong and have a lot of support from friends but it is very hard to be away from my other three boys who can’t even visit due to Covid,” Keiley said.

“We haven’t been able to go home at all.

“I have three boys at home who we couldn’t spend Christmas with.

“It has been absolute hell.”

Jett’s one comfort throughout his treatment has been his Pascal the Parsnip teddy, bought from Aldi in Christmas 2018.

Keiley added: “Pascal the Parsnip means the world to my little boy.

“Pascal has been through it all with him.

“He has even had his head bandaged up but, as you can see, he is well-loved and worn.”

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She is asking people who may have a Pascal the Parsnip to consider parting with it to help Jett.

She said: “What I’m trying to do is get a few more of these little guys to help Jett through the long battle he has ahead of him. I will happily pay, but not silly prices, and I will pay postage.”

One of Keiley’s friends, Amanda Elwis, has set to up Go Fund Me to cover the cost of a family holiday once Jett recovers from his treatment.

The donation page reads: “Jett is not only a beautiful child – he has so much character and personality and is loved by everyone who knows him.

“He has a long road ahead for recovery and I thought it would be nice to try raise some money for any help his parents Keiley and Chris may need or so they can enjoy a nice, family holiday with the rest of their boys once he’s on the mend.”

Three-year-old Jett Ebbs has been diagnosed with a medulloblastoma brain tumou
(Image: Keiley Ebbs)

Friend, Anna Smorley has organised some charity raffles with all proceeds going to help Jett and his family. More details are available on Anna’s charity raffle page on Facebook.

A spokesperson for Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust said: “If Jett’s parents have any concerns about the care he received we would invite them to contact us so we can look into them.”

A North East Lincolnshire CCG spokesperson said: “We are very sorry to hear this young boy is poorly, but pleased he is recovering following treatment and our thoughts are with him and his family.

“Confidentiality is extremely important to us and we are not able to comment on an individual patient’s circumstances.

“Should the parents have any questions or concerns, we would strongly urge them to contact either PALS at the hospital, or our Customer Care team by ringing 0300 3000 500 or sending an email to nelccg.askus@nhs.net so we can look into them.”

To donate to ‘Help Raise Money for Jett Ebbs and Family’ click here.

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