LITTLE Ruddi Waterworth-Jones is facing his second operation in a week following complications with his treatment for a rare cancer.
The nine-month-old is in St James’s Hospital in Leeds as he battles rhabdomysarcoma, a form of soft tissue cancer that affects only 60 children a year in the UK.
He needed treatment last week after he picked up an infection through his Hickman line – the intravenous catheter used to administer chemotherapy and take blood.
Doctors will operate again tomorrow in a bid to make sure he is all right before he begins his second bout of chemotherapy on Friday.
Mum Ali Jones, who turns 38 tomorrow, has been at Ruddi’s bedside continuously since he was admitted to hospital eight weeks ago.
She said: “He’s still smiling, bless him.
“He’s such a good little boy and he’s still happy in himself.”
As reported last month Ruddi, of Lowergate, Paddock, was perfectly healthy before he started to experience problems going to the toilet when he was seven months old.
His GP treated him for constipation, teething problems and even asthma before Ali, who works for Cedar Court Hotel, decided to take him to hospital.
After being transferred to St James’s, Ruddi was diagnosed with rhabdomysarcoma, a mystery disease with no known cause.
He has a cancerous growth on his prostate.
His treatment has been blighted by problems. During his first session of chemotherapy last month, he suffered liver failure and was in a critical condition for a week before recovering.
He now faces five more months of chemotherapy and an operation to remove the tumour.
Ali added: “He’s three weeks behind on his chemo because of the problems he has had but the doctors think he should be fine with it this time and hopefully it will start having a positive effect.
“We are keeping everything crossed we will be able to go home next week for the first time.”
Ali and her partner, Craig Waterworth, have set up a trust fund for Ruddi and are organising a fun day at Huddersfield YMCA Rugby Club at Salendine Nook to raise money.
It will take place on July 12. There will be a charity football match, funfair and raffle.
Ali said: “The response from the public since the first article in the Examiner has been absolutely fantastic.
“People have been putting little amounts in his trust account and everyone has been lovely.”