JUST one month ago, Leo was a normal two-year-old boy, enjoying summer holidays on the beach near his home in Vera, Almeria, with his British mother Karen and older sister Sofia.
Leo gradually started to appear under the weather and was occasionally sick, so his parents took him, time and again, to the doctors, only to be told he had various bugs and typical childhood ailments and not to worry.
Now, as Karen stands guard in Torrecardenas Hospital, Almeria, the young boy is battling for his life after developing Septicaemia following emergency surgery to remove a nine by 8.5cm brain tumour, his brave mother is urging parents to follow their instincts and to refuse to be fobbed off if they suspect something isn’t right.
Leo the Lion, as friends and family have started to call the little fighter, is in a serious condition and is fighting for his life as, although good news came with biopsy results confirming that the tumour was an Immature Teratoma (meaning it is not yet cancerous), he still needs to beat the blood infection currently challenging his weak body.
Support for the brave young boy and his family is springing up locally and from afar, with a sponsored event planned in Manchester in October and Funkymonkeys in Mojacar will be hosting a Halloween party with some of the proceeds going to Leo.
A Facebook page, Prowlers for Leo, has been created and there is a fund to help the family out at: https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/ProwlersforLeo
Leo’s mother Karen told EWN: “I would never ever want another parent to experience the feelings and emotions that we have during the past three weeks. So to each and every parent out there; always go with your gut instinct if you think there is something wrong with your child and remember that you know your child best. We went with our gut instincts over and over again but the doctors and paediatricians still did not listen to us; maybe we should have tried harder. We knew in our heart that our beautiful baby boy was not right.”
Leo’s uncle Sean, who has flown over from England to be with his family at this difficult time, said: “Life can slap you in the face sometimes and this is what has happened to our family. Make sure you treasure those around you every day as it can be taken away in the blink of an eye.”