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Trolley injury setback for cancer battler.

Byline: By Craig Thompson

Cheesed off Christopher McKitten has been left stuck indoors on his seventh birthday.

The skateboard-loving youngster has suffered a setback in his battle to recover from a rare form of bone cancer discovered on his knee.

Following surgery and 14 months of chemotherapy it had been hoped the youngster was on the road to recovery.

But just weeks ago he ended up back in hospital after a supermarket trolley hit his knee, causing extensive damage.

Now unable to walk, the Gateshead schoolboy is housebound as he prepares to celebrate his big day.

Mum Wendy, 36, from Pelaw, Gateshead, said: "He needed plastic surgery on his leg following the knock.

"They took a chunk of muscle from the back of his leg and put it on his knee, while using skin from his other leg to graft over the missing muscle.

"He can only shuffle around on his bottom at the minute. We had hoped to have a big birthday party for him but I'm worried he might get hurt."

Christopher was diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer which affects fewer than 30 children in the UK every year.

The tumour was first discovered after the youngster fell off his skateboard and was taken to hospital with a suspected broken leg.

Wendy and husband Sean, 37, had hoped their son was getting back to on his feet after losing all his hair as part of the treatment.

Dental nurse Wendy added: "This has been a bit of a setback and we are now having to go to physiotherapy so that he can start walking again.

"I'm a bit of a paranoid mum at the minute, worried he is going to knock it all the time."

Sisters Leanne, 14, and Nicola, 12, had been hoping to join in the party celebrations for their little brother's birthday.

Wendy said: "We are just going to have a small party but he is still looking forward to it."

Christopher, a pupil at Bill Quay Primary School, has had to take some time off lessons as he battles back to health.
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