A three-week-old baby is undergoing chemotherapy after he was born with an extremely rare tumour that is “bigger than his head”.
Hayley and Gary Rolfe said their “world came crumbling down” when medics discovered their unborn son Cameron had a 9cm tumour on his left arm eight weeks before he was due.
The anxious parents from Middlesbrough described feeling ‘numb’ after discovering their child ‘could possibly have cancer’, Teesside Live reports.
Hayley was monitored for a number of weeks before she was booked in for a caesarean section at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary on April 30.
However, the couple’s bundle of joy decided to make an early appearance at just 36 weeks.
Little Cameron was born on April 28 by emergency c-section at James Cook University Hospital weighing just 6lb and 9.5oz – but they believe “most of that was tumour”.
The three-week-old is now undergoing treatment where he is expected to remain for between six and 12 months.
Thankfully, doctors have ruled the tumour is not cancerous.
Mum-of-two Hayley, 29, said: “I went to a normal growth scan and they found something on the scan that wasn’t right.
“I went back a couple of days later and they scanned me again and told me and my partner that our baby had a 9cm tumour.
“We were transferred to the RVI where we seen the fetal medicine unit.
“We were at doctors appointments every week.”
All the knew was that it was a rare tumour on his left arm and just “one in 100,000” were diagnosed with it.
“We were numb,” Hayley said. “Our world just came crumbling down.
“Being told your unborn baby might have cancer is just a whole different ball game.”
Doctors booked Hayley in for a caesarean section because of Cameron’s tumour as they feared she would be unable to give birth naturally because it was “bigger than his head”.
After Cameron was delivered by emergency C-section at James Cook University Hospital he was transferred to the Royal Victoria Infirmary the same night.
Due to his condition, Hayley and Gary, 38, were unable to enjoy the first moments with their baby, including the skin to skin contact, as he was put into an incubator.
Hayley was able to see her newborn son twice but was unable to hold him before he was transferred.
Cameron remains in hospital and in his three short weeks has had four blood transfusions, chemotherapy and is on “constant” antibiotics.
Doctors carried out a biopsy on the tumour and found that it was not cancerous and he has since been diagnosed with infantile myofibroma.
Cameron still has “full use of his arm” and doctors hope chemotherapy will shrink the tumour – which may have to be operated on or the limb could possibly be amputated.
Hayley added: “At the minute because it’s so big they don’t want to risk operating because he’s so little.
“I’d say it’s just as big as his head.”
Hayley and Gary are able to stay with their newborn son at the hospital but are rotating in order to look after their four-year-old son Fraser at home.
Fraser has not been able to meet his baby brother yet.
The family have praised the “fantastic” health care professionals at the Royal Victoria Infirmary who are looking after Cameron.
Cameron’s tumour developed due to a gene in his body and the family “did everything they could right” during pregnancy.
Despite not being related to Cameron’s condition, Hayley said it is “annoying” seeing pregnant women smoking when it may potentially harm their babies after she did everything correctly.
Hayley has also set up a fundraising page to help with travel costs, food and clothing during Cameron’s road to recovery.