Nixon was born with a tumour the size of Brodie’s fist on his head. Barely one week old, he underwent a five-hour operation to biopsy the tumour. An agonising week went by before Brodie and Nick received the devastating news that their baby boy had cancer. It was an extremely rare and aggressive tumour. Nixon needed to start chemotherapy straight away.
As Brodie and Nick watched from his bedside at The Children’s Hospital Westmead, each day, his tumour started to shrink. It gave them the first real sign that Nixon might pull through. After four gruelling rounds of chemotherapy, Nixon’s tumour was small enough to remove it with surgery. Then followed six more rounds to target any remaining cancer cells.
Over the course of his short life, Nixon has endured over 30 weeks of harsh chemotherapy and six surgeries. He is still feeling the effects of his treatment, undergoing complicated skin graft procedures to help heal his head wound where the tumour was.
Juggling three children is hard at the best of times but the 22 weeks Brodie spent at The Children’s Hospital Westmead were some of the most difficult. Nixon is doing well, but he’s not out of the woods yet. The truth is, if Nixon relapses, his chances of survival significantly decrease. That’s why our research, and your help, are so vital.