‘I coughed up a tumour’: #StephensStory Takes An Unexpected Twist.



Thumbs up: Stephen’s health has taken a turn for the better after he ‘coughed up a tumour’

Last week Stephen posted an emotional farewell post on his Facebook page. He thought he was hours away from death. His army of supporters and his family prepared for the worst.

Today, however something amazing happened. He took a turn for the better after he ‘coughed up a tumour’ and now he is feeling ‘fantastic’.

In a post on his Facebook page Stephen’s Story, he revealed breathing had become very difficult due to the collapse of his right lung – until he suffered a coughing fit.

He added: ‘After a lying there for a bit longer the coughing increased and then suddenly the shortness of breath became incredibly severe. Amongst frantic hand pointing and panicking I felt like I was suffocating. Then I forced out an oval red stained solid object through my mouth. My breathing and airway straight away felt clearer, but I spent the next hour violently coughing and choking, but then eventually my breathing once again stabilised.


Stephen Sutton with Jimmy Carr in February 2013: The teen met the comedian as part of his bucket list.

‘Since then, my breathing has dramatically improved. I’m really stuck for the words of how to describe it. Throughout the night my throat was pretty sore but my O2 and other saturation levels are great. This morning I am relying on NO external oxygen to breath at all and I’m feeling bloody fantastic!

‘The doctors have discussed what’s happened and the only plausible conclusion is that I’ve literally coughed up a tumour (probably along with bits of infection etc) that was blocking my airway.

‘I have had an X-ray this morning which seems to show my right lung has inflated slightly, suggesting the substance I coughed up was also a significant pressure that was causing a restriction on the collapsed lung. Physiologically a tumour breaking away like this is possible, but it all just seems incredibly surreal – mind, I’m not complaining!

‘My lungs are still pretty messy with other tumours, clots and potential infections/inflammations/etc affecting my overall condition but, for now at least, I am in a good stable state. I have no immediate problems and in fact feel better than I did when I first came into hospital last Sunday!’

Stephen is raising money for the Teenage Cancer Trust. In less than 24 hours he smashed his target of raising £1 million, and today the total stands at £2.9 million, and rising fast.

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