A BRAVE youngster who battled back against the odds after being diagnosed with a brain tumour really has gone to great lengths for charity.
Jack Butt’s world was torn apart this summer when medics discovered a tumour the size of a tangerine and were forced to carry out emergency life-saving surgery.
But since then the 12-year-old, who lives in West Stockwith with parents Darren and Mandy and his four siblings, has battled back from near death.
He recently completed a gruelling charity fundraising swim that helped draw in more than £10,000 for the hospital that saved his life.
Darren, a foreign exchanges trader, said: “He has done brilliantly. We’re all just so proud of him and how hard he has worked.
“There is still a long way to go and we don’t know if the tumour has totally gone away, but at the moment he is doing great and throwing himself into raising as much money as he can.”
The family’s nightmare began in the summer when Jack woke for school one morning, complaining of double vision.
He was referred to Doncaster Royal Infirmary by a doctor, where an MRI scan revealed the tumour.
Jack underwent emergency surgery at Sheffield Children’s Hospital in a complex 15-hour operation - and ‘died’ several times on the operating table as surgeons attempted intricate manoeuvres to tackle the tumour.
Fortunately, the op to remove as much of the lump as possible proved successful.
But immediately after the procedure, Jack was having breathing problems and had to undergo a tracheotomy. Eight weeks after the nightmare began, he was allowed home. Since then has made a remarkable recovery.
Darren said: “He’s shown such determination and fight and wanted to give something back to the hospital which is why he has thrown himself into the fundraising.”
Mum Mandy has now become a full-time fundraiser and the pair hit upon the idea of the 50 lengths swimming challenge as part of Jack’s rehabilitation.
Said Darren: “He couldn’t even swim a length a month or so ago, but he trained every day and worked hard and when he completed the challenge he was over the moon.”
The family are now planning a charity fancy dress football match and a golf day in the new year to further boost the campaign total.
To donate to Jack’s appeal, visit http://www.justgiving.com/Jack-Butt-Fundraising