A boy who was told by medics he would not survive a brain tumour has gone on to become a first-aid expert – and save his grandmother’s life TWICE.
Daniel Nind was battling a 7.5cm growth in his head when his grandmother Irene Davison keeled over.
Eight-year-old Daniel and his family could see her lying on the floor, but the door to access where she lay was blocked and he was the only one small enough to squeeze through.
He did not panic and put her in the recovery position, as he had been taught by the St John Ambulance Badgers’ group in Belper.
Irene, 85, does not remember much about what happened that day – only that her mind went blank and she came to with Daniel looking over her calling “Nana! Nana!”
She said: “I was about at death’s door, from what they were saying at the hospital.
“I suffer from pernicious anaemia and have to have B12 injections regularly. And I was really not in a good way when I was taken to hospital.”
Irene was devastated when she heard the news that Daniel had fallen ill.
She said: “He has been to hell and back and he is such a brave little lad. When my daughter told me, I couldn’t believe it – I just broke down.”
Irene has lived her whole life at her home in Ripley. Daniel lives with his parents and older sister Lisa in Milner Avenue, Codnor.
When he was diagnosed with cancer aged six, his family was told he might not survive the weekend.
Now eight, Daniel, who attends Codnor Primary School, has had successful surgery to remove the tumour. But last week, his family were told the cancer had returned.
When initially diagnosed, parents John and Anne had grown concerned for his health during a bout of sickness.
Doctors believed he had a viral infection. But eventually he saw a paediatrician and Daniel’s dad said he wanted thorough tests carried out.
After an initial examination, the family were asked to take Daniel in for a CT scan the following day at Queen’s Medical Centre, in Nottingham.
“He was actually sick during the scan,” John recalled.
“They sent him up to the ward to see a doctor and, an hour later, he said he had some bad news.
“There was a 75mm tumour in his brain.”
This was on November 30, 2012. He was immediately prepared to go to theatre for surgery.
John, 69, remembers how the family were told he might not survive the weekend.
“They told us to prepare for the worst,” he said. “It was awful.”
Surgeons drained the fluid from his skull and put him on chemotherapy tablets to try to shrink the tumour.
While he was receiving treatment, he continued to enjoy the Badgers classes.
And it was due to the training he received in the classes that he was able to save his grandmother’s life on two occasions.
Anne, 52, recounts the second occasion when the family were on a caravan holiday at Butlins, in Ingoldmells, near Skegness.
“He just ran through and said, ‘Mummy, Nana’s fallen over and I’ve put her in the recovery position’,” she said.
“I was obviously really concerned about my mum but it’s really good that the children learn these skills when they go to the Badgers.”
Daniel, now eight, continued his course of chemotherapy and, when he went for a scan on July 31 last year, the family were told the tumour had shrunk to 2.64cm and that it was time to operate.
A team of surgeons successfully completed the nine-hour procedure at the QMC the following day.
They thought their ordeal was over but, on January 9, the family were told that the cancer had returned.
“We went to see the doctor and she told us that it had come back,” said John.
“This one is a lot smaller, at 9mm wide, but he is back on the tablets again and the doctors are hoping that they will be not have to operate.”
Despite the obstacles that have been put in front of them, the Ninds are optimistic about the future.
Anne said: “It’s like a nightmare and you wonder when it’s going to end. But the doctors told us he has a long and healthy life in front of him.
John added: “The doctors at the QMC have been fantastic with him from day one.
“The work they do is amazing and, without them, our son wouldn’t be here today.”