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Brave Finley takes cyst ordeal in his stride

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 07, 2014

05/04/14 Child of courage Finley Ratcliffe - Dove Side, Hatton

05/04/14 Child of courage Finley Ratcliffe - Dove Side, Hatton

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Finley Ratcliffe has been through a lot in the last six months.

After suddenly developing a problem with his neck, he was found to be suffering from a bone cyst, and had to endure months of treatment to solve the problem.

But through it all, he was patient and brave, and he is now back at school and enjoying life as if nothing ever happened.

“For his age, he has shown a maturity that is beyond his years. He’s just taken everything as it comes,” his mum Cara told the Mail.

Mrs Ratcliffe and her husband Alan first knew something was wrong with Finley when he started having night terrors and seemed depressed. After several failed attempts to find out what was wrong, they took him to the hospital, and he was eventually diagnosed with an aneurysmal bone cyst.

The little one spent two weeks in a neck and body cast before his test, to make sure his neck was still.

Finley had underwent a five-and-a-half hour operation to remove the cyst at the beginning of December, but his ordeal did not end there.

The Heath Fields Primary School pupil then spent eight weeks in a metal halo, which pinned his bones in place.

“Through it all, he’s not had any tantrums. There have been times when he was crying and upset because he didn’t want to be poorly, but he has been so positive. It’s as if it’s not phased him at all.

“I might be biased, but I think he’s just an amazing little boy,” his mum said.

Finley was off school for almost three months because of his treatment, but he returned to his year one class in January.

Until recently, he was returning to Birmingham Children’s Hospital for twice-weekly appointments, but he has now been given the all clear.

“I’m definitely very proud of him,” Mrs Ratcliffe said.

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