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Bobby makes the news as he goes back to school after brain tumour treatment

Schoolboy Bobby Humphries’ return to school after brain tumour treatment was celebrated yesterday with widespread media coverage to mark the occasion.

Bobby, from Yardley in the West Midlands, was diagnosed with a grade 2 glioma at the age of two. He has undergone surgery and has now completed 18 months of chemotherapy and was happy to be back at St Thomas More Catholic Primary School, Sheldon, for the first day of the new school year. His parents Georgina and Aaron are now facing an anxious wait ahead of Bobby’s next scan on 23 September when they will discover how effective the latest round of treatment has been.

Chemotherapy caused Bobby to lose his hair and his parents were warned he could be left with irreversible hearing loss and kidney damage. It’s the second round of treatment Bobby has been through.

Mum Georgina said: “In his short life, Bobby has already gone through so much. There are no words to describe how terrifying it is to be told your son has a brain tumour. It was horrendous to see Bobby face life-threatening surgery and chemotherapy at such a young age. The operation could have left bobby with irreversible symptoms; there was also a chance he could die.

“It was devastating when Bobby’s tumour recurred. The location of his tumour, in his right frontal lobe, means it would be impossible to completely remove by surgery, so chemotherapy has always been the best option.”

Bobby and his family have been working with Brain Tumour Research to help raise awareness and Bobby’s story has been covered by more than 180 news outlets in the last 24 hours and has been seen by more than 10 million people. 

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