Health & Fitness

British boy’s extensive cancer surgery goes well, but tough road remains

British boy marvels at Kansas City’s kindness as he battles bone cancer

Alexander Goodwin, 9, and his father, Jeffrey Goodwin, came to Kansas City from England searching for a cure for Alex's rare bone cancer. Alex talks about the surgery he hopes to receive, his happiness at his family's welcome here and the power of
Up Next
Alexander Goodwin, 9, and his father, Jeffrey Goodwin, came to Kansas City from England searching for a cure for Alex's rare bone cancer. Alex talks about the surgery he hopes to receive, his happiness at his family's welcome here and the power of

Shortly before having major cancer surgery Wednesday, 9-year-old British lad Alexander Goodwin told thousands of social media followers around the world that this would be “the most important day of my life.”

“So please keep those positive thoughts higher than you’ve ever done before,” he said in a video posted by his father, Jeff Goodwin.

The positive thoughts worked.

Read Next

“The cancer is out,” orthopedic oncology surgeon Howard Rosenthal said after finishing an extensive surgery at the University of Kansas Hospital.

Rosenthal removed Alex’s right hip joint, thigh bone, knee, upper shin bone and the soft tissues surrounding the cancer-affected bones before implanting man-made replacement parts.

Eventually, Alex’s new titanium thigh bone will need to be replaced with a telescoping one, developed in the United Kingdom, that can lengthen as Alex grows.

This surgery marked a major step in Alex’s battle against Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare cancer. Alex should leave KU within a few days but must return to Children’s Mercy Hospital for more chemotherapy, plus radiation, to treat lesions on the left side of his body. And he will need extensive physical therapy.

“He’s a champion,” Rosenthal said. “He’s going to make it through, he just has a tough road ahead.”

Read Next

All of the support, from doctors and friends and strangers, has been overwhelming, said Goodwin, a police officer back in England.

“We’ve had nothing but support and kindness from the people of Kansas City and America as a whole,” he said. “It’s amazing. I’ve been inundated with messages of support today from all over the world, really. I know people in the United Kingdom have been waiting up, for messages that Alex has come out of the surgery.”

Alex came to Kansas City last month after his parents researched treatment options for his cancer, which went undiagnosed in England for more than five months after Alex first felt its pain.

Read Next

This is a milestone in terms of progress, Goodwin said.

“He’s in pain, let’s be honest,” he said. “But he’s come through to the other side. That’s the main thing.… We’ve had a victory today.”\

Donna McGuire: 816-234-4393, @dmcguirekcstar

  Comments