Just weeks after going public with his terminal brain cancer diagnosis, Tom Parker and his wife Kelsey have quietly welcomed their second child.
After The Wanted star bravely shared his shock diagnosis, his bandmate Max George, 32, today revealed that Kelsey gave birth to their son a week ago.
“I spoke to him yesterday and he’s doing good, he’s doing great,” the Strictly Come Dancing star told ITV’s Lorraine.
“Kelsey gave birth to their second child last week. He’s a fighter, Tom will be alright.
“If you’re watching by the way, mwah, I love you all.”
Aged just 32, Tom is currently undergoing a intensive chemotherapy and radiotherapy in a bid to shrink a tumour in his brain and give him more time with his beloved family, which also includes daughter Aurelia Rose, one.
The first sign of trouble surfaced in July when Tom thought he’d suffered a seizure. Worried about his sore back and a mark on his head, he attended A&E but was sent home.
Still feeling concussed, he returned for a second time and was placed on the waiting list for an MRI scan.
In the meantime, Tom, Kelsey and Aurelia headed off on holiday in Norwich but while there, he suffered a second seizure and was immediately admitted to hospital for four days of tests.
Tom then received the devastating news he never imagined he’d hear, and because of Covid, he had to face it alone.
He had stage four glioblastoma – an aggressive form of brain cancer – and it was terminal.
Tom told OK! Magazine: “They pulled the curtain around my bed and said, ‘It’s a brain tumour.’ All I could think was, ‘F*****g hell!’ I was in shock. It was a lot to deal with by myself. I still haven’t processed it.”
Kelsey added: “It was horrendous. They rang me and told me over the phone. They said, ‘It’s a tumour and it’s worst-case scenario.’ They also told us it was inoperable and what the treatment would be. I was in a complete state.
“My friend Kelsey was with me and she just said, ‘Don’t pass out.’ It was like everything stopped. Obviously being told you have any tumour is bad, but to be told you have the worst one is a lot to take in. All I could think was, ‘What’s going to happen and what is our life now?'”
Tom is now being treated at Kings College Hospital in London, where he is undergoing back-to-back radiotherapy and chemotherapy for six weeks in the hope of controlling the disease.
After that, there may be a month-long break followed by six months of chemotherapy.
Heartbreakingly, the condition has an average life expectancy of three months to 18 months from diagnosis.
However, Kelsey told Tom’s brother – who went in her place to the hospital – not to let the doctors tell him how long he had left because he would ‘count down the days and not live his life’.
Also giving them hope is that fact that numerous people they have been talking to were given just months to live but are still alive five years later.
And Tom has vowed to do everything in his power to stick around for his children as they grow.
“I’m going to be here, I’m going to fight this,” he said. “There are so many stories of people who were given a bad prognosis and are still here five,10, even 15 years later. We’re going to fight this all the way.”