I thought the bruises on my little boy’s stomach were from him being ‘clumsy’ – they turned out to be a deadly killer

A LITTLE boy was later diagnosed with a terminal illness, with thought marks left on his body from his clumsiness.

Jaxon Crawford, two years old, began showing bruises on his stomach which his mother thought were due to him bumping into himself, having just been diagnosed with an eye condition.

Jaxon began to show bruises on his stomach, which his mother thought were due to him poking himself

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Jaxon began to show bruises on his stomach, which his mother thought were due to him poking himselfCredit: Kelly Brunning/Mirror
Kelly from Blacon, Chester with her three sons Jaxon, Eli and Dylan

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Kelly from Blacon, Chester with her three sons Jaxon, Eli and DylanCredit: Kelly Brunning/Cheshire Live

It wasn’t until mum Kelly found the bruises hadn’t gone away and young Jaxon from Blacon, Chester developed a fever, that she became concerned and took him to hospital.

Tests revealed the boy had acute lymphoblastic leukemia – a blood cancer most common in children.

Jaxon, who has a twin brother named Eli and another brother Dylan, was immediately admitted to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool.

Doctors quickly started him on 30 days of steroids and intensive chemotherapy.

But tests showed that the first chemotherapy regimens didn’t kill the cancer, so the medics upped his dose of the treatment.

After several weeks of chemo, Jaxon lost his hair, which his mother said made him very upset.

But Kelly reassured him by saying he had “magic hair” that would grow back once he was discharged from the hospital.

Kelly, who is now 30, was pregnant with Dylan when Jaxon was ill but managed to take early maternity leave from her job at the Post Office so she could stay in the hospital with Jaxon.

Jaxon, now six, was put on a two-year maintenance regimen that included home oral chemotherapy every night in addition to ongoing chemotherapy, spinal taps and steroids.

Now, four years later, Jaxon has responded “well” to treatment but still needs to be checked every three months, Cheshire Live reported.

Kelly said: “I’m very proud of Jaxon for settling in so well in primary school and getting on with life.

“I panicked recently when he was covered in bruises and worried he might relapse, but then he told me he was playing football with the older boys,” she added.

What are the symptoms of leukemia?

There are no specific signs or symptoms that would allow a doctor to make a diagnosis without laboratory tests.

In all types of leukemia, symptoms are more often caused by a lack of normal blood cells than by the presence of abnormal white blood cells.

As the bone marrow fills up with leukemia cells, it is unable to produce the large numbers of normal blood cells that the body needs.

This can lead to:

  • anemia
  • weakness and fatigue
  • More frequent infections
  • Fever
  • bleeding and bruising

Source: NHS England

Kelly found adjusting to normal life harder than expected after three and a half years with the regular safety net of seeing doctors and nurses most weeks.

Illness took up more than half of Jaxon’s life.

Jaxon, a pupil at Dee Point Primary School, has now been recognized for his bravery. He was awarded a Cancer Research UK for Children & Young People Star Award in association with TK Maxx, nominated by his mother.

As well as a star-shaped trophy, Jaxon also received a £50 TK Maxx gift card, a t-shirt and a celebrity-signed certificate.

Cancer Research UK spokeswoman for the North West, Jane Bullock, said: “Jaxon is a real star who has been through so much at such a young age. It was an absolute privilege to be able to celebrate his courage with a Star Award.

“As we mark our 20th anniversary, we reflect on the progress that has been made in the fight against the disease, but much remains to be done.”

She added: “Cancer in children and adolescents differs from cancer in adults, from the types of cancer to the effects of treatment – and many adolescents can experience serious long-term side effects.

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“That’s why we support dedicated research to ensure more children and adolescents survive cancer with a good quality of life.”

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