Earlier this year, 10-year-old Bryan Marquez started having trouble walking and started limping.
His mother, Angie Hernandez, noticed something was wrong and brought her son to a local hospital in San Antonio, Texas.
Doctors told her that Bryan had an ankle sprain that would heal by itself, but after months of no progress, Hernandez demanded further tests.
A scan revealed that he had a tumor in his right foot and he was diagnosed with Ewing sarcoma, a rare bone cancer. News 4 San Antonio.
Three months of chemotherapy failed to shrink the tumor and doctors advised amputating Bryan's foot to prevent the cancer from spreading.
On Friday, Bryan left his right leg amputated to the mid calf and, surprisingly his family and doctors, began to walk on crutches less than a day after his operation.
In March 2019, Bryan Marquez, 10, from San Antonio, Texas started having trouble walking and limped. Pictured: Bryan after his amputation
Doctors told his mother that he had a sprained ankle for months until his foot didn't heal & # 39; and she demanded that they see a specialist. Pictured: Bryan in the hospital after his amputation
& # 39; It's a bad thing, & # 39; Bryan News told 4 San Antonio about his cancer diagnosis. & # 39; No one should go through it. & # 39;
Ewing sarcoma is a tumor that usually starts in the long bones of the pelvis, legs or arms.
Symptoms include pain or swelling in the cancer area, fatigue, fever, and unexplained broken bones.
It affects around 200 children and young adults in the US every year and usually appears between 10 and 20 years old.
The treatment includes surgery to remove as much of the tumor as possible, followed by chemotherapy and radiation treatments to reduce the rest of it.
Bryan underwent three months of chemotherapy, several times a week, but failed to reduce the tumor.
Doctors told his family that they believed that amputation was the best way to prevent the cancer from spreading.
& # 39; I'd rather he lose his leg than his life, so amputation is what it becomes & # 39 ;, his mother, Hernandez, told News 4 San Antonio.
& # 39; He is very determined. I tell him as: "It's going to be a small process. It's like a big cut. We have to let it heal, but as soon as it heals, you will be fitted [for a prosthesis" & # 39;. & # 39;
A tumor was found in Bryan's right foot and he was diagnosed with Ewing sarcoma, a rare bone cancer. Chemotherapy failed to reduce the tumor and doctors advised amputating his foot to prevent the cancer from spreading. Pictured, left and right: Bryan for the amputation
Bryan & # 39; s foot to his mid calf was amputated on Friday and his mother said he was walking around just 18 hours later. Pictured: Bryan in the hospital after his amputation
Bryan currently plays football on a primary school team and dreams of someday playing for the Dallas Cowboys in the NFL.
& # 39; I just want to exercise. That's all. I have to work hard, & he said to the station.
Bryan underwent his amputation on Friday and it was a success.
His mother told News 4 San Antonio that he was out of his hospital bed within 18 hours and walked with his crutches.
Bryan & # 39; s family started with one GoFundMe page to cover the costs of his medical expenses and to make his home handicap friendly.
Starting Monday afternoon, more than $ 1,200 was raised from a $ 8,000 goal.
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