Oliver, the Little Champion

Oliver’s story all began in April 2018, at the tender age of two years old and with a baby sister Willow (now 10 months) who had just been born. He also has an older sister, Indiana (now 5 years old).

Oliver developed a cold that just wasn’t getting better and was suffering from extremely high temps at the same time.

After a couple of visits to Emergency Department in Busselton, (where the family lives) the hospital decided to take bloods and send the family to Bunbury Hospital as it was first thought that he might have meningococcal.

It was when the family got to Bunbury Hospital in a quarantined section of the hospital, they were told that the Royal Flying Doctors had been booked and Oliver was being transferred to PMH immediately.

Younger sister Willow was only 3 weeks old at this point, so Oliver’s mum wasn’t allowed on the flight.

Dad, Brant took his son on the flight while mum, with the two girls followed in the car.

Thankfully the family was all together when they were told the devastating news that Oliver had Leukaemia.

A couple of days later in PMH after lots of tests it was confirmed that Oliver had Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia.

Oliver has been an absolute trooper since then. He never complains, and has managed to avoid the nasal gastric tube as he takes his medicine like a champ every night.

The family relocated to Perth and Oliver’s dad stopped working because Justine wasn’t allowed to stay overnight with Willow.

Almost 10 months later (just before Christmas) the family were allowed to move back down to Busselton, and Brant has gone back to his business.

As part of Oliver’s treatment, he has chemo every month in Perth and oral chemo every night.

The family have had lots and lots of ups and downs and he has been an absolute warrior.

Oliver loves the beach, Lego, his scooter and swimming. His favourite cartoons are PJ Masks, Kung Fu Panda and Rusty Rivets

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