Wyatt Haas: 5-Year-Old with Brain Cancer Gets Magical Surprise Before Beginning Treatment: A Real-Life Unicorn Ride!

5-Year-Old with Brain Cancer Gets Magical Surprise Before Beginning Treatment: A Real-Life Unicorn Ride!

A five-year-old boy battling brain cancer had his Christmas wish come true before he started treatment.

In an interview with Good Morning America, father Zach Haas said that his son, Wyatt Haas, hadn’t been feeling well and had been experiencing headaches. The family took him to see doctors and was ultimately diagnosed with medulloblastoma in mid-November. The rare brain cancer is diagnosed in 250-500 children per year and is found in the lower back part of the brain and can easily spread throughout the brain and spinal cord.

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Wyatt Haas, 5, rides a unicorn before receiving treatment for a rare brain tumor.

Wyatt Haas: 5-Year-Old with Brain Cancer Gets Magical Surprise Before Beginning Treatment: A Real-Life Unicorn Ride!
Photo by Jennifer Nielson

Wyatt immediately had surgery to remove part of the tumor and will be undergoing treatment at St. Jude’s Children’s hospital in Tennessee.

“The last couple months he’s been in so much discomfort,” his father told GMA. “He hasn’t been laughing, playing…having fun. I think after surgery he was being himself again.”

Wyatt Haas: 5-Year-Old with Brain Cancer Gets Magical Surprise Before Beginning Treatment: A Real-Life Unicorn Ride!
Photo by Jennifer Nielson

His family left for St. Jude’s in early December so that Wyatt could begin receiving treatment. Before they left, though, the community surprised Wyatt with a special unicorn ride. Knowing how much Wyatt loves unicorns, Jennifer Nielsen, a local mom, dressed up one of her horses as a unicorn so Wyatt could go on a magical ride. Jennifer colored her horse using washable animal chalk and took the brave boy on a ride through a local park.

“I don’t think he expected to see a unicorn at the park,” his dad told GMA. “I think he just expected to see friends. He was super excited.”

Wyatt Haas: 5-Year-Old with Brain Cancer Gets Magical Surprise Before Beginning Treatment: A Real-Life Unicorn Ride!
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Since leaving their home in Montana, Wyatt had undergone a second surgery to remove more of the tumor.

“We are confident things will go good, and hopefully Wyatt won’t have the neurological issues he had with the last resection as they are just cleaning up what’s left,” the family shared on their Facebook page. “Keep him in your thoughts and prayers, and we will update after to let everyone know how things went!”

Wyatt Haas: 5-Year-Old with Brain Cancer Gets Magical Surprise Before Beginning Treatment: A Real-Life Unicorn Ride!
Credit: Wyatt’s Journey / Facebook

In the greatest kind of Christmas miracle, the family shared on December 20 that Wyatt is officially brain tumor-free and noted that typically this kind of brain tumor does not reoccur after surgery and treatment.

This boy is tumor free! It shouldn’t come back, but obviously life always has its own plan. For his type of tumor, it’s rare for it to reoccur after treatment, but his tumor and cancer diagnosis are also rare. For us, and everyone else in similar situations as us, rare means nothing. Now on to his cancer treatment! Radiation will start soon! He’s had zero side effects from the surgery and is doing so awesome! We’ve been quite fortunate throughout this entire situation and are incredibly grateful for each good news and outcome ❤️ They’re looking at possibly discharging is either this afternoon or tomorrow. While we’re here, Wyatt has been spreading rainbow unicorn magic and making everyone’s day ???????????? #wyattsjourney #spreadingmagic #childhoodcancer*Fixing the confusing! Wyatt had to go to another near by children’s hospital for his surgery that works very closely with St. Judes! So when I say discharged, I mean we get to go back to St. Jude housing. No leaving to go home anytime soon. We’re staying put to start prepping for radiation ❤️

Posted by Wyatt’s Journey on Friday, December 20, 2019

We’re so happy for Wyatt and his family!

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