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Tuesday 21 August 2018

Parents' joy as little Gavin goes home

Gavin Glynn
Gavin Glynn

THE parents of little fighter Gavin Glynn have spoken of their joy at being able to take their son home for the first time in months for a long-awaited family reunion.

The four-year-old, who is battling a rare childhood cancer, has been in Crumlin Children's Hospital for the past four weeks since returning from a specialist treatment programme in the US.

But two days ago his parents, John and Jayne Glynn, were given the green light to take Gavin back to the family home in Greystones, Co Wicklow, for a few hours to enjoy with his older siblings Conor and Lucy.

"Today we got to leave Crumlin for a few hours so we were able to bring Gavin home," said Mr Glynn.

"This was the first time all five of us have been under the same roof in a very long time. It was amazing.

"The things we have all taken for granted before now all seem such a luxury and just make you realise how precious all these moments are."

After returning from the US a month ago, Gavin underwent another operation at Crumlin, but has since been moved from the intensive care unit.

torture

Mr Glynn wrote on his blog: "Long days and nights in hospital have really taken its toll on us. For the first time in nearly three years since Gavin was diagnosed we are wrecked. Sleep, or lack of it, really is a form of torture.

"The normal routine at the moment is one of us stays with Gavin every night, a couple of feet from his bed.

"We have a 'lazy boy' chair which is luxury compared to what some other rooms and wards have. Some parents sleep on the floor with a so-called mattress or in a chair beside their child, but if I had to stand in a corner on one leg I would do it just to be beside Gavin."

Earlier this year, Gavin's parents managed to raise €350,000 in the space of only one week for his treatment at the MD Anderson Cancer Centre in Houston, Texas, after being warned he had only months to live.

Gavin subsequently underwent an operation to remove two tumours from his pelvis and had begun chemotherapy.

But last month the alarm was raised when Gavin complained of stomach pains as he was about to visit Disney World in Florida.

Specialists at the Arnold Palmer Hospital in Orlando discovered aggressive new tumour growth in his pelvis and lungs and he underwent further surgery.

Gavin, who is a huge Superman fan, suffers from a rare childhood cancer called Rhabdomyosarcoma.

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