Rainworth man who is about to undergo chemotherapy looks forward to ‘miracle’ birth

Phil and Sam Wyville of Rainworth.
Phil and Sam Wyville of Rainworth.

A RAINWORTH man suffering from a cancerous brain tumour has described how the birth of his first daughter will give him a reason to carry on through his next round of treatment.

Phil Wyville and his wife Sam, both 28, were expecting their first child on 28th May.

But because Phil has been told he will have to undergo more crippling chemotherapy, Sam’s labour will be induced today so they can spend time with their baby girl.

Speaking from the couple’s home on Coopers Rise, Phil said that he was looking forward to being a dad.

“I am overjoyed. I can’t wait,” he said. “When I found out Sam was pregnant I felt all warm inside because I didn’t know it was going to happen. It felt special.”

His excitement was shared by Sam who described her pregnancy as ‘a miracle’.

She said: “It was a miracle because we had just got the result that his tumour had grown.

“We were told that the chemo made you infertile. This has given him something to live for.

“When we found out Phil was so overjoyed. I think we rang everybody in the world.

“Now we are going to have a baby it will give him more to fight for.”

Phil was diagnosed with the brain tumour five years ago.

He said: “We came back from a holiday and I had stroke-like symptoms so they took me to the hospital.

“But after a scan they found shadowing on my brain. They had to do an MRI scan and they found that I had a brain tumour. A year later I had it operated on.

“My headaches had got worse and worse and the consultant operated in 2009. He took as much out as possible.

“I had six weeks of radiotherapy and that shrunk it down. After that I didn’t have any symptoms.

“I was fine. I even got my driving licence back.”

Phil appeared to be recovering well and last summer he got married to Sam.

But in September the newly-weds - who are going to call their baby girl Maisie Poppy - received the devastating news the tumour had grown again and that Phil would have to undergo more treatment.

The chemotherapy made Phil extremely sick so he was given a break from it.

However, another MRI scan in March showed that the tumour had grown again and that he would have to undergo another course.

Sam said: “The consultant sent him home for six weeks and told him to do everything he wants to do. He’s got to go back on 14th May and she’s going to try a different type of chemotherapy.”

Now Phil and Sam’s family, friends and neighbours are rallying to raise money so that he can enjoy a host of activities before he begins his next treatment.

A day of clay pigeon shooting has already been organised and Phil is also hoping to have a go at Zorbing (rolling down a hill in a giant ball) and take a trip to Skegness.

A fundraiser, which includes a pie-and-pea supper, a disco, raffle and much more, has also been planned and it will take place at Rainworth Miners’ Welfare on 3rd May.

A sponsored walk starting at Berry Hill Park, a Twenty/20 cricket match and a sponsored head shave have also been planned.

Describing the response from the community, Sam said: “People keep dropping stuff off - it’s really nice. It’s quite overwhelming.”

Tickets for the fundraiser on 3rd May costs £2 for a single ticket and £5 for a family ticket, which includes supper. For details and tickets, or if you want to donate something to the fundraising effort, contact Sam on 07581161915.