A YOUNGSTER from Heckmondwike has been successfully treated for a rare brain tumour – thanks partly to his rugby coach.
Nine-year-old Eddie Watson had already been to see a doctor because his mum was concerned about a lump on his head.
Eddie, a pupil at Windmill Primary School in Birstall, had also been having headaches.
But Eddie and his mum, Sam Dawson, were told the lump was a cyst and there was nothing to worry about.
But when the youngster played in a rugby match for Dewsbury Moor in March, coach Jed Beety patted him on the head for doing well – and felt the lump.
He mentioned it to Sam, who believed the lump had grown since seeing the doctor and sought further advice.
This time a scan was ordered which showed Eddie had a rare brain tumour the size of an orange.
The condition, Langerhans’ Cell Histiocytosis, affects only one in 200,000 children.
Eddie had surgery within days at Leeds General Infirmary (LGI) as the tumour had pushed part of his brain inwards by half an inch.
A titanium plate was inserted after the operation, in which part of Eddie’s skull was removed along with the tumour.
Eddie made a swift recovery and is already back training with Dewsbury Moor Under-9s.
But he will need check-ups every three months for the next five years in case the tumour returns.
Sam, of Lowcliffe Walk, Heckmondwike, praised the LGI for Eddie’s care and said: “They were brilliant with him from the moment we walked in.
“Eddie took it all in his stride and never once whinged about it.
“He went back to playing rugby within six weeks, but with a scrum cap to protect his head.”
Dewsbury Moor Under-9s, who train on Tuesdays and Thursdays and play on Sundays, have lost only twice this season.
Eddie’s brother Tom Dawson plays full-back for the club’s Under-15 side.
Jed, a self-employed building maintenance worker who lives in Norristhorpe, added: “Eddie’s a very likeable lad, very polite and a bit of a character. All the lads are looking out for him now he’s back with us.”
Sam was so grateful for the care Eddie received in hospital that she decided to give something back – which led to a fundraising production of the musical Grease tomorrow (Saturday) at Dewsbury Moor ARLFC (7.30pm). Entry is £1 on the door.
There will also be a raffle, with prizes such as a Leeds Rhinos shirt worn by Kevin Sinfield.
Dearne Valley Bulldogs in South Yorkshire recently held a collection which added £80 to the kitty.
And Thornhill Edge WMC are to donate all funds raised at the club in June, including from a 70s/80s bash tonight (Friday, 7.30pm).
There will be a raffle, prizes for the best fancy dress and best dance and hot food available.