A schoolboy who suffers from a rare condition which causes him to grow benign tumours is the first child in the country to undergo a mastectomy.
Brave Lewis Deakin, from Wythenshawe, Greater Manchester suffers from arteriovenus malformation (AVM) that sees benign growths form in the arteries of his chest.
And to combat the rare condition the youngster has recently undergone a mastectomy to remove his right pectoral muscle at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
His mother, Victoria, said Lewis jokes with friends that the large operation scar across his chest is a shark bite.
She told the Manchester Evening News: “I would just crumble if it was me but Lewis is really good.
“It was a really big lump on his chest and it even stretched out his clothes. One teacher thought he had a beanbag up is top.
“He is the only child in the country that has had a mastectomy. As he gets bigger they will be able to reconstruct his chest.
“He was a bit daunted by it all at first and he wouldn’t show anyone the scar. But now he tells all the girls at school ‘I’ve been bitten by a shark’.
“He says it’s a real pulling machine.”
He was forced to undergo 15 surgeries in two years, and still requires regular check-ups.
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