Jayce Bruyere doing well. His father, Gabe, offers an update on his infant son, who has been battling brain cancer.
"He's doing fantastic, actually. There's no change in his tumour, the last MRI that we had. We have another MRI coming up, and that's ultimately the one that's going to tell us what's going on," he said.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) allows doctors to get a detailed look at soft tissue, as well as bones. Jayce, now 16-months-old, also has a CT (computed tomography) scan booked.
His dad says these special X-ray images will tell doctors how thick Jayce's skull is, and how medical staff can help reconstruct his head. The infant was just shy of six-months-old, when surgeons removed a brain tumour the size of a softball from behind his right ear.
The tumor that was removed was about one-third the size of Jayce's head at the time. The tumour was also pushing his brain stem to the left instead of it being in the center, causing concern about the long-term impact on the baby's development.
Close to a year later, the Bruyeres are feeling much more at ease about their son's prognosis. The gofund me page started last summer on their son's behalf has also eased some of the family's financial concerns, as the medical crisis put their work lives on hold. The social media campaign, combined with some fundraisers, has raised more than $13,000.
In return, the Walmart staffer and his family have been helping to raise money through the sale of cupcakes for the children's hospital in Winnipeg, since this is where most of Jayce's medical care is provided.
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