Father Pete Gebruers and son Joshua Gebruers diagnosed with deadly brain diseases only months apart

Father and son diagnosed with deadly brain tumours just weeks apart
Pete, Amelia, Josh and Lucy Gebruers on a family day out (Picture: Caters)

A father and son have been diagnosed with fatal brain conditions just three months apart.

Pete Gebruers, 42, was told he had a brain tumour and had two years to live shortly after his son Joshua, seven, was diagnosed with an Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM).

‘I thought my world had fallen apart when Joshua was diagnosed,’ said mother Lucy, who met her pilot husband Pete while they were both working for Thompson.

The air hostess added: ‘Then four or five days before Joshua was due to have his radiotherapy in April, Pete had his seizure in the car.

‘I was absolutely devastated when they told us about the tumour.’

Pete, who was told he had a grade four glioma, wanted to enjoy the time he had left with his family but will find it tough after losing his medical license that allowed him to fly.

Joshua’s AVM, which is a tangle of blood vessels in the brain, puts him at a higher risk of a stroke.

His older sister Amelia, eight, hopes to raise money for The Brain Tumour Charity by building the world’s longest loom band.

‘I want to do fundraising so I can help my brother and daddy,’ she wrote.

Amelia’s fundraising page can be found here.

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15 August 2014 | 10:35 am – Source: metro.co.uk

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