Zaydan's story

Zaydan, age four, may be in hospital this Christmas, as he continues his treatment for neuroblastoma.  

His mother, Jamila, is urging everyone to give generously to the Sun's Smiles at Christmas appeal with CLIC Sargent.

Zaydan's story


Jamila said: "As a mother, you have to trust your gut instinct when you feel something is not right. I felt Zaydan was unwell for a few months before his diagnosis.

"He kept collapsing with terrible pains in his stomach. He had no appetite and he lost weight very, very quickly. Even if he bumped something very gently, he would scream out in pain.

"He had a few ultrasounds around his third birthday but nothing untoward showed up.

"When we went back in September, it was very different. One minute we were told there was nothing, the next there was a large tumour stretching from one side of his tummy to the other.

"We were taken into a room and told he had cancer. At first, it didn't sink in. I felt numb. It was almost as if they were talking about someone else.

"I kept thinking they would come back and tell me they were wrong, it was a misdiagnosis. But that never happened."


Zaydan had to have chemotherapy and then in December 2016, he had a ten and a half hour operation to remove the rest of the tumour. The surgery removed 95 per cent of the tumour and Zaydan went on to have intensive chemotherapy to kill off any remaining cancer cells. He is currently undergoing the last stages of his treatment to tackle his  cancer.

Jamila added: "The outlook is positive but it could take a year for him to get back to his normal self. He will need therapy to ensure he can walk again, and talk."

CLIC Sargent support

"CLIC Sargent has been an absolute godsend from the very start of our cancer journey. They have offered us both emotional and financial support.

"They have been there trying to put a smile on Zaydan's face whenever possible and that means so much to all of us.

"They need money so they continue to help families like us. Donations can pay for social workers and play specialists for children in hospital. Please dig deep and give as much as you can."