Jaxon Kaplatzis, aged seven, who was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer at the tender age of three and a half, lost his battle with the terrible disease last week in Adelaide.
“Our superhero fought until the end. He has grown his angel wings and will now fly high where he belongs. At peace. No more suffering for our baby,” Victoria Kaplatzis, Jaxon’s mum, told Neos Kosmos.
Ms Kaplatzis gave birth to a healthy little boy in October 2013, but Jaxon was diagnosed with Pre-B Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Lymphoma in August 2017 just before his fourth birthday.
He is believed to be the only person in Australia ever diagnosed with this rare type of leukaemia.
The nightmare for Jaxon and his family started when his mum noticed that her little boy had a lymph in his groin area. She immediately rang the locum who came out and after examining Jaxon thought it was a case of an inverted testicle.
Ms Kaplatzis, and her husband Dimitri Kaplatzis, were not convinced and decided to take their little boy to the Women’s and Children’s hospital the next day.
After undergoing tests, scans and ultrasounds Jaxon was diagnosed with Pre-B Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Lymphoma.
“I will never forget that day. Our whole world turned upside down within a few hours. Hearing the doctor tell us about the diagnosis, I remember I couldn’t breathe, it felt like I was having a panic attack. It was just horrible. Children with cancer are so remarkable. Jaxon was an amazing little boy and I looked up to him now more than anyone,” Ms Kaplatzis said.
After his devastating diagnosis, the family had to move to Sydney where the little boy had to undertake intensive chemotherapy to treat his condition.
Ms Kaplatzis said that although there are many questions regarding children’s cancer, these questions remain unanswered as nobody can really say what causes cancer in children.
Despite his condition little Jaxon was a strong, happy boy that cared for others and even took part in the Leukaemia Foundation’s annual fundraiser event in 2018 to raise awareness and funds for blood cancer.
The brave little boy fought hard for his life but passed away peacefully on Monday May 31, 2021, surrounded by his loving parents and youngest brother Loukas.
“Thank you to everyone who supported us over the years. Jaxon will forever be known as the pure definition of strength and courage.
“We are completely broken,” Ms Kaplatzis said.
Jaxon’s funeral was held at the Rosary Church in Prospect on Tuesday 8 June.
Rest in peace Jaxon.