Heartbreak as boy, 4, diagnosed with cancer after finding ‘heat rash’ on leg

Ethan Adams now has to undergo treatment after he was diagnosed with Stage 4 Burkitt Leukaemia. His family have set up a GoFundMe page and a Facebook page for well wishers

Four-year-old Ethan Adams was diagnosed with Stage 4 Burkitt Leukaemia after a small rash appeared on his leg

A four-year-old boy has been diagnosed with cancer after found what they thought was a heat rash on his leg.

Ethan Adams’ family had no idea their lives were about to be turned upside down when they discovered the tiny purple dots on is leg. His parents Carl and Laura Adams tried to get an appointment with his GP but were told they would have to wait seven days.

Acting on gut instinct, the Adams family rushed Ethan to A&E where they were told the four-year-old from Brownhills had stage 4 Burkitt Leukaemia on June 8.

Ethan’s sister, Keeley Adams, told Black Country Live: “He was pale and wasn’t eating as much but we just thought it was the heat. A small rash started to appear on his leg but you could barely see it, it was just a couple of purple dots.

“His mum phoned the doctors but they said we’d have to fill in a form and it would be sorted out in a week. Her instinct told her he needed to go straight to the hospital.

The small rash appeared on Ethan’s leg



“The doctors did tests and it was confirmed he had Stage 4 Burkitt Leukaemia. He was diagnosed on my 18th birthday.”

Ethan’s diagnoses came as coronavirus restrictions were still in place, meaning there was a limit on hospital visits.

His dad, Carl, had to give up his job as a lorry driver, which he had done for 20 years, to be able to spend time with Ethan who was admitted to hospital the night of his diagnoses. He was told he must stay in hospital for six months.

Keeley added: “Due to him being so small his kidneys are overworked so he’s a bit swollen. He also has to take tablets to help him pass out the fluid.

“He will lose his hair and won’t be able to walk as far. He also struggles to eat. Because of all the pain he was in, he could only eat a few things and would feel full. At that age, kids don’t understand pain so it has been difficult.

“We want to raise awareness more than anything. This little rash didn’t look like anything, he just had a few unnoticeable dots on his leg. We never knew it was a symptom of Leukaemia.”

The family have set up a GoFundMe page and within two months it has been inundated with around £5,000 of donations. Keeley has also created a Facebook page for well-wishers to keep up to date with Ethan’s journey.

Ethan, pictured here with his older sister, Keeley



She added “The amount of support we got given is unbelievable and completely unexpected.

“I continue to work as normal but the coronavirus pandemic really affected us as we weren’t all able to be with him.

“Only one parent is allowed in, as soon as another comes in the other one has to leave. They haven’t been able to hug each other and say everything will be ok. They have shown so much strength in this situation.

Ethan will now have to undergo treatment after his family noticed a heat rash on his leg that turned out to be Stage 4 cancer



“We now appreciate thew small things. The hospital has said if we’d left it a little bit longer it would have been bad news. We appreciate small things like going on walks with him and seeing his little smile.

“All of the comments and donations have made the journey a lot easier for Ethan and the family.”

Ethan is a big George Ezra fan and the family are appealing for him to get in contact with a get well soon message.

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