Further blow for Leeds cancer tot Kendal

Kendal Middleton Jessop with her parents Stuart Middleton and Laine Jessop
Kendal Middleton Jessop with her parents Stuart Middleton and Laine Jessop
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A TOT with aggressive cancer has been dealt a further blow after being diagnosed with swine flu.

Kendal Middleton Jessop is undergoing chemotherapy after she was told earlier this month that her illness had returned.

The youngster, who is almost four, has neuroblastoma and a massive fundraising campaign is underway in case she needs treatment abroad in future.

As reported previously, doctors have discovered she has relapsed, but the cancer appears only to be in her leg so she can be treated in the UK for now.

But her family were given further bad news after she picked up an infection and, on returning home to Swarcliffe, Leeds, medics rang to say she had swine flu.

Kendal is now on medication for the virus but a party for her planned by Radio Aire had to be cancelled. Instead her family held a small celebration.

Her dad Stuart Middleton said: “It’s just been one thing after another.

“Kendal’s grandma Lynn Jessop has just been diagnosed with lung and breast cancer too. But she’s only concerned about Kendal and wanting her to pull through.”

The youngster was diagnosed with neuroblastoma in 2012 after doctors found a tumour in her stomach.

She immediately started chemotherapy then had an operation, stem cell transplant and radiotherapy.

Now she is having further chemotherapy and her dad and mum Laine are making preparations in case she does have to go abroad.

Stuart said they were very worried to be told she had swine flu: “It’s an airborne thing but we don’t know how she picked it up.”

She is now on Tamiflu for the illness, which was the cause of a worldwide pandemic in 2009.

The strain is now classed as a type of flu which circulates during the annual winter flu season. Health bosses advise vulnerable people to have a flu vaccine.

* Donate at www.justgiving.com/kendalmiddletonjessopappeal or visit Kendal’s fight against neuroblastoma’ on Facebook.

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