A week before she was due to have reconstruction on her right breast in 2013, Cassie found a lump in her left breast. Again, she had a mastectomy followed by chemotherapy.
Cassie had breast reconstruction on both sides and applied for the midwifery course again. However, when she found a lump on her chest wall in 2016, doctors told her it was incurable and she started chemotherapy tablets to manage the condition.
In August 2017, she went to hospital for another round of cancer treatment and had a seizure. The next day, Kye started complaining of a headache and feeling unwell.
At first, his family thought he was just feeling under the weather or worried about Cassie, but he started being disorientated, then had a seizure and started vomiting blood. That’s when they called an ambulance and he was rushed to Bedford hospital.
Kye’s dad Arron said: “When Kye was taken to hospital, I was working in Canary Wharf, unaware of what had happened. When I received the news, it was the beginning of any parent’s worst nightmare.”
An MRI scan diagnosed an aggressive brain tumour called glioblastoma, and Kye’s family were told the unbearable news that he only had a few weeks left to live.
“There were a number of subsequent conversations and meetings about Kye's ongoing care, including whether resuscitation would be appropriate, MRI scans regarding tumours progression and ongoing consultation with Kye’s Oncologist team. Due to the unique circumstances with Cassie’s condition, it meant going to some of these alone”.
Kye deteriorated rapidly; over the coming weeks, he lost sight in one eye and became unable to eat or drink. He tragically died on the 3rd November 2017. He was just nine years old. At this time, Cassie’s cancer had spread throughout her body.
Arron said: In Kye’s final moments, I remember holding his hand, praying and speaking to him. Cassie had her hand on his chest and I remember she said, ‘His heart’s stopped’. He passed away peacefully with both his parents by his side."