A brave tot went under the knife at just five-weeks old after shocked doctors diagnosed him with cancer while he was still in the womb.
Little Daniel Rider was induced at only 38 weeks after scans found the cancer at Royal Stoke University Hospital.
At only a month old he had to have major surgery to remove the tumour, Stoke On Trent Live reported.
The brave lad is the apple of his mum, Natalie’s, eye, but gave her a real fright.
The single mum confessed: “It was all very scary and I feared the worst. Within days of being born, Daniel was whisked away for an MRI scan.
"When the consultant told me he had cancer I was absolutely devastated. It was my very worst fear – he was so tiny and vulnerable.”
Natalie feared her tiny tot would not make it after a mass of unexplained tissue was found in his abdomen during scans at 36 and 38 weeks.
Daniel was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a rare cancer of the nerve cells mainly affecting children under the age of five. He was transferred to Birmingham Children’s Hospital and Natalie was told he needed major surgery.
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Natalie added: “It was a terrible decision to make, particularly as a single mum, but there was no real choice. Daniel was five weeks old when I carried him down to surgery and allowed the medical staff to put him to sleep, not knowing if he would survive. I clung to his blanket for comfort for the five hours he was in theatre. It was the worst day of my life.
“He was so long in surgery that I really thought I had lost him. When I saw him in intensive care he was covered in wires and tubes, with monitors all around. It seemed like a miracle that he had survived it.”
Daniel has now made a full recovery and is currently cancer free. The little lad, now 14-months-old, has been given a Star Award by Cancer Research UK.
Natalie is now looking forward to a more relaxing Christmas this year with Daniel and his seven-year-old sister Reena-Rose.
She added: “Daniel is the most amazing little boy – he’s a true soldier and hero, with his battle scar across his tummy.
"He has been through so much and yet he has met every milestone and just bounces around, full of fun like any other normal child.”
Charity spokeswoman Jane Redman, Cancer Research UK for Children & Young People spokesperson for Staffordshire, said: “Daniel is a real star who has been through so much at such a young age. It has been an absolute privilege to be able to celebrate his courage with a Star Award.”
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