Alex Goodwin, the 10-year-old British boy who received successful cancer treatment earlier this year in the Kansas City area, is returning for another doctor’s visit.
Alex is expected to fly back to Kansas City on Sunday and is scheduled for a leg adjustment Tuesday at the University of Kansas Sarcoma Center in Overland Park. He and his father, Jeff Goodwin, will also do a “meet and greet” Nov. 1 at Rainy Day Books in Fairway.
Alex captured the hearts of many in the Kansas City area and across the country when he was treated at Children’s Mercy and the University of Kansas Hospital for Ewing’s sarcoma. He inspired people with his upbeat attitude after British doctors misdiagnosed his condition and it worsened to the point that he couldn’t walk.
The family reached out through social media for answers. Jeff Goodwin, a police officer in England, connected with Kansas City, Kan., Police Chief Terry Zeigler, who put the family in touch with the University of Kansas Health System about cancer treatments.
Alex and his father came to Kansas City last December so the boy could begin those treatments at Children’s Mercy and the University of Kansas Hospital.
Surgeons replaced Alex’s original right hip, thigh bone and knee with mechanical ones and he also underwent chemotherapy and radiation. The treatments worked and doctors said the sarcoma that started in his right leg is gone, possibly forever, although that’s not certain.
He needs this additional medical adjustment with Dr. Howard Rosenthal to lengthen his leg.
Jeff Goodwin wrote a book about the family’s experience called “Alexander’s Journey: Dum Spiro Spero,” chronicling the medical odyssey to the United States for medical treatment.