Toddler dies of ‘sprained ankle’ after it turned out to be sign of aggressive brain cancer

WHEN little Logan Maclean started to limp, doctors dismissed it as a sore ankle.

But after the three-year-old started to lose strength in his arm, his parents took him to A&E at Crosshouse Hospital in Kilmarnock, Scotland, in October 2016.

CT and MRI scans revealed a devastating truth – Logan was battling brain cancer.

The toddler was diagnosed with intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG), a deadly form of the disease that has a very low survival rate.

After six weeks of radiotherapy over Christmas 2016, it soon became clear Logan only had months left to live.

In October 2017, just weeks after his third birthday the toddler passed away at home.

Heartbroken gran, Fiona Govan, 49, said: “The doctor thought he had sprained his ankle, because he was walking awkwardly.

“But on his third visit to A&E they noticed weakness in his arm, which led them to believe it was a neurological problem.

They thought he’d had a mini stroke.”

After MRI scans, Logan was referred to the Royal Hospital for Sick Kids in Glasgow, where medics began to suspect a brain tumour.

When tests confirmed their fears, Logan began six weeks of radiotherapy just before Christmas, 2016.

By early February 2017, outreach nurses had visited Logan’s mum, Sapphire Maclean, 29, and Fiona and friends rallied around to help the toddler in his final months.

He is survived by his little brother Ezra, two, who was only seven weeks old when Logan was first diagnosed.

Fiona, a civil servant from Dalry, North Ayrshire, said: “We were like most families, we’d never even heard of it before.

“A child who developed a limp was terminal. We had to come to terms with it that he didn’t have long.

“Ezra was too young to have memories of his brother.

“Logan was just amazing. He was such a gentle wee soul.

“His brother’s feisty, but he was gentler.

“It was a privilege to know him and stand with him.”

Fiona is speaking out, on behalf of the family, to help raise awareness of the devastating condition that affects around 40 kids in the UK each year.

She said she is “angry” at the lack of funding and research that’s put into finding a cure, and has started an online petition – which has gained more than 40,000 signatures.

“Logan was a joy and shouldn’t have died,” she said.

“I’m sad. I wish it wasn’t him or any other child but I’m angry about the lack of research that’s been done.

“It goes wider than DIPG. Even with other children’s cancers so many other kids are left to suffer and there needs to be a lot more focus on tackling child cancers generally.”

Fiona hopes to secure 100,000 signature by the end of today, for it to be debated in parliament.

The gran of two added: “If there’s a way to get it to 100,000 I’m going to go all out and try anything to get the message out there.

“I do genuinely believe there are other families and MPs who won’t accept a rubbish answer and we’ll demand a better response from the government.

“I’m not going to stop.”

Joanne Edwards, director of Acute Services for NHS Ayrshire and Arran, said: “Our condolences and thoughts are with Logan Maclean’s family.

“We would encourage the family to contact us directly with any concerns about the care or treatment provided to their relative.”