A boy left a heartbreaking message on his leg after learning he had to have it amputated due to a rare cancer.
Eight-year-old Chandler Tran and his family first discovered he was unwell when they discovered a “pea-sized” lump on his leg and noticed he was walking with a limp when he returned from childcare at Easter.
After an X-ray at the local hospital the next day, he was taken to Westmead Children’s Hospital. A week later, he received the devastating diagnosis of osteosarcoma, a rare bone cancer.
He also had several tumors in his lungs.
The following came months in the hospital, with chemotherapy. The doctors then wanted to amputate his leg to take away the pain, but it could not be cured.
“He said, ‘Can you take a picture of my leg on my tablet?'” Tran said.
“He drew a little love heart on her leg and wrote a little message.
“He wrote: ‘Dear leg, I’m going to miss you so much when you’re gone, love Chandler.’
“He was sad at the prospect of losing his leg, but he said, ‘If that’s what I have to do to be pain-free, then that’s fine.’
“For us to see him tackle so well, that helped us a lot.”
Days after recovering from that operation, more bad news followed: the tumors in Chandler’s lungs had grown and doctors could do nothing more to save his life. They didn’t know how much time he had left.
“They said any treatment would only be palliative, to try to slow down the cancer,” said mother Trang.
“We won’t be able to save him.”
He takes pain medication and has portable oxygen tanks.
The family has also set up a GoFundMe page to help cover eventual funeral costs, but also to fund any LEGOs Chandler wants.
“The disease is coming and we’re at the point where we can’t treat it, so it’s about keeping him happy,” Tran said.
“And what makes him happy is keeping him at home and giving him LEGOs.
“Thank you to everyone who has donated and is helping us give Chandler what his heart desires to make the last bit as enjoyable as possible.”
Originally published as Boy’s heartbreaking message as he loses a leg to incurable cancer