Immigration issue could send Alex home

Mail online - A nine-year-old cancer patient may be forced to leave America before finishing the only treatment that could save his life.

Alex Goodwin travelled from Leicester in England to Kansas late last year in a desperate bid to cure his advanced bone cancer.

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Alex father Jeff is an AFO and the PFOA have been supporting the family

He had been dismissed by NHS doctors for months before scans revealed his joint and muscle pain was actually caused by Ewing's Sarcoma.

Finally, last month, he was wheeled into the operating theater at the University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City.

After doctors removed the cancer in January, they said he may need months of proton beam therapy - the highly-specialized form of radiotherapy that was famously denied to six-year-old British brain cancer sufferer Ashya King, who had to fly to Spain to be cured.

However, late last night Alex's father tweeted that they have been told there is an 'issue' with their immigration status that could force them to leave in April - eight weeks before the end of his treatment.

Alex lost the ability to walk properly

He started struggling to walk in Christmas 2015. By April 2016, he was forced to use crutches as he lost the strength in his right leg. And yet, he was repeatedly dismissed by doctors. Eventually he was diagnosed with bone cancer. his  father is a police officer Jeff Goodwin

Alex's issues began around Christmas 2015, when he started struggling to walk. By April 2016, he was forced to use crutches as he lost the strength in his right leg. And yet, he was repeatedly misdiagnosed and dismissed by hospitals.

In June 2016, tests revealed he had cancer.

His only chance at life was an incredibly complicated operation to remove his cancer-infected thigh bone - and due to the advanced stage of his disease, it could only be done in America.

Finally, last month, he was wheeled into the operating theater at the University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City.

The immigration issue deals a crushing blow to the family and the medical team, who were overjoyed and optimistic after the operation last month.   

'He's a champion,' orthopedic oncology surgeon Howard Rosenthal told the Kansas City Star after completing the hours-long operation.

'He's going to make it through, he just has a tough road ahead.'

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