TERMINALLY-ILL The Wanted star Tom Parker's wife Kelsey will give birth to their second child while the singer is fighting for his life in hospital.
The 32-year-old, who is already a father to 15-month-old daughter Aurelia, today revealed the horrifying news that he has an inoperable brain tumour.
In an interview with OK! magazine, the emotional star said: "I’m still in complete shock, it’s so much to take in."
And his wife Kelsey, who is 36 weeks pregnant, explained that Aurelia's baby brother will arrive while Tom is undergoing treatment.
Speaking about how they will manage with him being a month into his chemo and radiotherapy, she said: "We’ll just have to get on with it.
"You think: 'How could anyone cope with this and being pregnant?' but when you’re in it, you just do.
"I told my midwife and that was a surreal moment for me. We were both crying.
"I have asked if I can have a home birth in case Tom is really tired, because he will be over a month into his treatment then."
The average life expectancy for the star's illness, known as a grade four glioblastoma, is between three and 18 months from the time of diagnosis.
Tom first knew something was wrong when he suffered a seizure in July and took himself to A&E where he was put on a waiting list for an MRI scan.
Six weeks later he had another more serious seizure during a family trip to Norwich and was rushed to hospital.
The star revealed his shocking diagnosis on Instagram today saying: "There’s no easy way to say this but I’ve sadly been diagnosed with a Brain Tumour and I’m already undergoing treatment.
"We decided, after a lot of thought, that rather than hiding away and trying to keep it a secret, we would do one interview where we could lay out all the details and let everyone know the facts in our own way.
"We are all absolutely devastated but we are gonna fight this all the way.
"We don’t want your sadness, we just want love and positivity and together we will raise awareness of this terrible disease and look for all available treatment options.
"It’s gonna be a tough battle but with everyone’s love and support we are going to beat this. Tom and Kelsey xxx."
What is glioblastoma multiforme?
Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), also called glioblastoma, is a fast-growing type tumour that develops from star-shaped glial cells within the brain.
These are the most invasive type of glial tumors, rapidly growing and commonly spreading into nearby brain tissue.
In adults, GBM occurs most often in the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain.
It is an extremely rare but devastating brain cancer that typically results in death in the first 15 months after diagnosis.
Symptoms vary depending on the location of the brain tumour, but may include any of the following:
- Persistent headaches
- Double or blurred vision
- Loss of appetite
- Changes in mood and personality
- Changes in ability to think and learn
- New onset of seizures
- Speech difficulty of gradual onset
It is can be diagnosed through CT and MRI scans.
The first treatment is typically surgery, followed by radiation and chemotherapy.
The primary objective of surgery is to remove as much of the tumour as possible without injuring the surrounding normal brain tissue needed for normal neurological function.
Source: American Association of Neurological Surgeons
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