Oshin Kiszko from Perth celebrated his sixth birthday early just before Easter.
It was a superhero party for a little boy who loves the action heroes the best.
His parents were there, his two big sisters and loving friends joined by Batman, IronMan, Superman and even Wolverine.
It was a day of memories and love but a day tinged with fear and sadness.
His parents, Angela Kiszko and Adrian Strachan had to move his birthday forward a few weeks because at 7.30am the next day, on Easter Sunday – against their wishes, and against every legal move they had made – they were forced to take Oshin to hospital for intensive chemotherapy in a court ordered bid to buy the dying little boy more time.
Treatment his family don’t want him to have.
Oshin's sixth birthday. Image via Facebook.
Oshin was diagnosed with medulloblastoma, a fast growing, high grade and invasive tumour last December but his parents have refused chemotherapy and radiotherapy because they do not want their son to become a “lab rat”.
However after family court intervention a judge overruled them and Oshin is now undergoing chemotherapy in what his family say is treatment similar to living in “Nazi Germany.”
His parents, Angela Kiszko and Adrian Strachan tried to stop the treatment but a judge overruled them. Image via GoFundMe.
A doctor from the Princess Margaret Hospital took legal action after Angela and Colin refused the treatment.
The court was told Oshin would die within a few months without treatment but would have a 30 per cent prospect of surviving for five years if chemotherapy started immediately. The court heard he had a 50 per cent chance with both chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
The West Australian reports that in his judgment Family Court chief justice Stephen Thackray said the evidence suggested Angela and Colin had “tried to approach this matter on the basis of what is in the best interests of their child”.