Family heartbreak over double tumour diagnosis

Peter and Joshua Gebruers are now undergoing radiotherapy Credit: BPM Media (Midlands)

A family from Solihull say they still feel “very blessed” despite a father and his young son being diagnosed with brain tumours just months apart.

Joshua Gebruers, 7, was diagnosed in January with Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM), a tumour in the brain which puts sufferers at high risk of stroke.

After Joshua started radiotherapy his dad Pete, 42, was then diagnosed with his own cancerous brain tumour. He's been a life expectancy of 14 months to two years.

Joshua's mother Lucy Gebruers, 38, said: “When Joshua was diagnosed I thought my world had fallen apart."

“I am exhausted but you have to do what you have to do. If I can keep us in this house by doing three jobs, I’ll do three jobs. If I have to do four, I have to do four.”

– Lucy Gebruers, Joshua's mother

Both Joshua and Pete are now undergoing radiotherapy, while the former pilot is also having chemotherapy.

“It probably sounds crazy but it could be so much worse,’’ she said.