We want to introduce you to Ethen, a pediatric cancer fighter from North Charlotte, who is in need of lots of thoughts and prayers. Ethen was diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma in April of last year at 18 months old. In the past 10 months, he has endured many rounds of chemo, a major tumor resection surgery, 1 bone marrow transplant, radiation, and 2 rounds of antibody treatment. That’s a lot on a little body.
Last week, Ethen started his 3rd round of antibody treatment. Ethen developed capillary leak syndrome, which affects his breathing. Due to respiratory distress, Ethen had to be intubated and rely on a ventilator. He has also developed cytokine-release syndrome, which is another side effect of antibody therapy.
Ethen’s lungs have been considerably damaged so it will take time to repair. The fluid and inflammation have reduced his lung volume and functionality. Throughout the last several days, Ethen has taken steps forward and then some steps back. After removing his breathing tube, the medical team had to intubate him again and put him on a oscillator.
For those looking outside in and have not personally experienced a child’s fight with cancer… one would think you receive chemo and it makes you sick. When the reality is the impact of adult-like treatments are extremely difficult on little bodies like Ethens’. A child’s body has to fight really hard to deal with various cancer treatments; therefore, not only do they have side effects during the treatment, but forced to face continuous life complications due to the harshness of the treatments on top of that.
Please help us lift Ethen and his family up. Being so dialed into Isabella’s care and near her family… I can attest that it makes a difference. The family can feel it. We will continue to share Ethen’s progress. You can also stay updated through his Ethen’s Fight Facebook page where his parents post updates via their blog.