A nine-year-old boy who found out he had a deadly brain tumour after suffering headaches has made an amazing recovery to return to school a year after his diagnosis.
Brave Tyler Dunn fell ill in January last year, but doctors told him he was showing symptoms of the flu and sent him home with some paracetamol.
His headaches persisted for a few days, prompting a GP to suggest it may be an issue with prescription glasses.
But while playing with some pals he started throwing up violently and held his head screaming in pain.
His worried parents Wayne, 29, and Simone Dunn, 27, rushed him to Airedale General Hospital in Keighley where he was monitored overnight.
A CT scan found a lump in Tyler’s brain and further tests revealed he had a grade 3 or 4 medulloblastoma, the most commonly found brain tumour.
On February 12, the brave lad went under the knife for a 13-hour surgery where most of the tumour was removed.
Following surgery, there were concerns that Tyler may have been suffering from brain damage, as he had a facial palsy and could barely walk.
He underwent more than a year of chemotherapy and battled deadly sepsis – but the schoolboy has made a remarkable recovery just in time as schools reopened.
Dad Wayne said his warrior Tyler was ‘so strong and brave’ throughout the gruelling year.
Wayne, from Settle, North Yorks., said: “It’s such a relief to see Tyler finish his chemo. He’s been so strong and brave throughout – he’s our warrior.
“It’s been an incredibly challenging year and it’s not over yet, as Tyler will continue to be monitored with regular scans. We hope and pray the results will be positive.
“We are, however, allowing ourselves to celebrate this huge milestone and we are so grateful that the school is celebrating too.
“Brain Tumour Research is a cause close to our hearts.
“My cousin has battled a brain tumour and he, in particular, has been an amazing support; advising us on Tyler’s treatment and coming to visit him in hospital.
“The two of them are very close. We are all doing everything we can to make sure we beat this tumour and to help Tyler achieve the best possible outcome.”
Tyler’s mum Simone said watching her son as he was wheeled into theatre for surgery was ‘horrendous’.
Simone said: “It wasn’t until we said goodbye to Tyler and watched him being wheeled into theatre, that we realised the enormity of the situation.
“It was horrendous; there was nothing we could do but pace the corridors and wait.
“Throughout everything, though, we have been determined to stay positive for Tyler and for our other two children, Liam, who is five and Ellie, who is just three.
“They are too young to understand what is happening to their beloved big brother.”
Pupils and staff at Tyler’s school will be supporting the national charity Brain Tumour Research, by holding a Wear A Hat Day event at the school.
Samantha Ambrose, Tyler’s class teacher at Settle Church of England Primary School, said the class was devastated when they heard of his diagnosis.
But said it was heart-warming to see the images of his ringing the bell to mark the end of his treatment.
She said: “Tyler was so brave throughout his treatment. We were really happy to be able to welcome him back into school for short periods in the autumn term.
“By this stage, the treatment had caused him to lose his hair. He had also lost a lot of weight and had to use a wheelchair.
“Family support nurses from the hospital supported his reintegration and also spoke to the other children about brain tumours and cancer.
“They shared books with them and helped them to understand what Tyler was going through.
“It was really appreciated, as Tyler’s diagnosis had come as such a shock to our tight-knit school community.”
Samantha added: “It was so heart-warming to see the images of Tyler ringing the bell to mark the end of his treatment.
“He’s such a hero and we couldn’t be prouder of him.