King’s Lynn boy, 2, recovering from brain tumour

Jay Cossey and Kayleigh Auker with son Jac after his operation
Jay Cossey and Kayleigh Auker with son Jac after his operation

A Gaywood family is raising money to say thank you to the team which is caring for their two-year-old son after he was diagnosed with a brain tumour.

Surgeons spent more than 17 hours operating on Jac Cossey to remove the majority of a large tumour which stretched from his brain stem over the left side of his head.

Jac Cossey prior to his operation

Jac Cossey prior to his operation

Staff at Addebrooke’s Hospital, in Cambridge, say the tumour was one of the worst they had seen.

The team was able to remove 90 to 95 per cent of the tumour but the youngster will soon have to start chemotherapy as the remainder is around his brain stem.

Now his parents, Jay Cossey, and Kayleigh Auker, along with grandmother Michelle Scott are raising money for the team.

Miss Auker said: “This hospital has been amazing and I cannot fault the care.

“The prognosis does seem to be positive but we don’t know what his future is.

“We are making the most of the time we have. Every day is precious.”

Jac had been suffering headaches and was unwell since Christmas and Miss Auker had been going to the doctors.

They were able to see a paediatrician at Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital and were then transferred to Addenbrooke’s by ambulance on March 26.

Jac was rushed into theatre the following day to have a drain fitted to remove the large build up of fluid on his brain.

Three days later, he had an mri scan which revealed the ependymoma tumour.

Miss Auker said: “It was heart breaking. Our first words were ‘is he going to survive’ and the surgeons could not say.”

The team had expected to remove 75 per cent of the tumour but were able to get more than that.

Miss Auker said: “When they told us how much had been removed we burst into tears and it was the first night sleep we had for a while.”

Jac is still recovering at the hospital and will have to learn to crawl once more.

His grandmother Miss Scott has already raised more than £1,000 with a page on the Just Giving Website. To give a donation go to: www.justgiving.com/Michelle-Scott21/

She will also be undertaking a skydive later this year.

Once Jac is out of hospital, the family have been offered a caravan in Yarmouth by Bev Hubbard, of Holbeach.

She has organised a bingo on Wednesday, June 10, at Terrington St Clement Village Hall from 7.30pm to raise spending money for the family.