6-year-old twin diagnosed with cancer after his mother noticed a strange rash on Christmas Day

Danielle Everson, from Blackwood, Wales, was praised for her quick reaction after an internet search on Google suggested her son Kian might have leukaemia.

Kian Everson (left) and his twin brother Kelan
Kian Everson (left) and his twin brother Kelan

A concerned mother who saw a strange rash all over her six-year-old son’s body on Christmas Day was later told it was cancer.

Danielle Everson recounted how her son Kian was “really unwell” before Christmas, but initially put it down to friends at school having colds and covid.

But she turned to Google after noticing her son had small purple puncture marks on his body and saw that it could be a sign of leukaemia, reports Wales Online.

The mother, from Blackwood, Wales, said: “Kian was very unwell and it was in December. I put it down to his friends at school having covid and colds.”

“Kian did not have covid at the time, but he did have a cold and a cough.

“He was terribly pale, but since he had been kickboxing with his twin brother, I thought it was probably because the boys were being a little rough with him.

“It was only when I realized I had little purple puncture marks that I thought I needed help.”

Danielle Everson with her twin sons Kian and Kelan


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Kian was diagnosed with cancer days after his mother noticed the rash on his body.


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Danielle called a relative and said, “I think Kian has cancer,” but was told “don’t believe everything you read on Google.”

“I was so fatigued. I had no energy and kept going back to bed,” Danielle said.

With the GP’s surgeries closed for Christmas, she decided to call 111 and take him to hospital.

Within two hours, the young man was diagnosed with leukemia and is now in his fourth week of chemotherapy.

Doctors at Grange Hospital confirmed that Kian had early stage acute lymphoblastic leukemia and had to battle his symptoms while also suffering from Covid.

Danielle said she wasn’t surprised by her son’s diagnosis after Googling his symptoms and was praised by hospital staff for spotting the signs early and acting quickly.

She said: “I was not surprised by the news. It’s a mother’s instinct, right? Something activated.

“Of course this is very sad news and not what we wanted to hear, but we are glad it was caught early and we remain positive.”

After recovering from Covid, Kian can now start treatment again at Noah’s Ark children’s hospital in Cardiff.

“Considering everything that’s going on, he’s doing amazingly well. He has started losing his hair and it hurts a lot,” Danielle said.

“We are taking him step by step and we hope that the chemotherapy will do its job and he will react well.

“He will receive chemotherapy for three years, so it is a long process. It has been stressful.

“Kian’s twin brother, Kelan, really doesn’t understand why we’re in the hospital so often with him. It’s a lot to take in.”

Danielle also praised the “amazing” response from her community in Blackwood.

She added: “We don’t rely on charity funding, we just want to give back to the charities that help Kian.

“There are so many poor children there and a fantastic job is being done. We want to use this moment for something good to give back to those charities.”

Danielle is participating in charity walks and has asked Kian’s school to do an orange wear day on the last day of term where children can win £1 and dress up.

A print and embroidery company is also making “Kian’s Army” garments with a £2 donation for each purchase.

“I am amazed by everything that is happening to him. It is truly overwhelming and we cannot thank everyone enough.

Danielle added: “We’re not sure if Kian’s treatment will work, but right now Kian has a very good chance of getting through it. We are a little unsure, but we have high hopes.”

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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