Lutterworth cancer patient, 9, could be kicked out of US before life-saving treatment is completed - The Rugby Observer

Lutterworth cancer patient, 9, could be kicked out of US before life-saving treatment is completed

Rugby Editorial 1st Mar, 2017   0

A BRAVE nine-year-old Lutterworth lad with a rare form of cancer could be kicked out of America before finishing the only treatment that could save his life.

Alex Goodwin, son of Rugby policeman Jeff Goodwin, went to Kansas in December for specialist treatment for Ewing Sarcoma, a type of bone cancer.

But last week he was told he would have to leave in April – two months before the treatment will be complete.

His family, from Dunton Bassett near Lutterworth, are negotiating with US authorities, while his 21,000-plus Twitter followers used the hashtag #LetAlexStay to send heartfelt pleas to government departments, immigration lawyers – and even President Trump.

Jeff said: “This is just about a little boy with cancer getting the treatment he needs.

“We’ve had tremendous support across the political spectrum in the US, and we’ve obtained legal advice.

“We had a very productive meeting with US Citizenship and Immigration Services and we’re waiting for news.

“I need to express my thanks to the elected officials who have helped so much.”

The Observer contacted the Goodwins’ MP Alberto Costa, who raised Alex’s case with Foreign Office Minister for Europe and the Americas, Sir Alan Duncan.

The South Leicestershire MP said: “This is a matter of absolute priority and one we must try and resolve as soon as possible.

“I was pleased to hear both the American Consulate and Sir Alan’s office have both been in touch to offer assistance to Alex’s family.

“I hope this matter is resolved soon, and crucially, that Alex can stay in the US for the duration of his treatment.”

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, a former advisor to President Trump on immigration, said he had been in contact with the Department of Homeland Security to grant an extension on the Goodwins’ visas.

After doctors removed the cancer in January, they said Alex would ‘make it through’ despite having a tough road ahead.

But Alex will require further treatment for many years to come, including further surgery, radiotherapy, physiotherapy and hydrotherapy – all of which will need to take place in Kansas to maximize his chances of survival.

Despite the latest setback, Alex – who loves nature, natural history and science – has kept a smile on his face for his social media followers.

The family is continuing to raise funds for Alex’s rehabilitation through childhood and beyond. Visit to donate.

Follow ‘Alexander’s Journey’ on Twitter to show your support for Alex.


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