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”.
But the prospect of a long-term cure is the matter “that most heavily must weigh in the decision”.
“One other matter that I think ought to be given weight is that the uncontested medical evidence is that the great majority of other parents faced with a similar decision would opt for the intervention that the hospital proposes,” he said.
The court was told Oshin would die within a few months without treatment. Image via GoFundMe.
And so, against their wishes Oshin began treatment.
As his son went to hospital his father, a Fly- in-Fly out mining worker in WA, posted on Facebook “Just when you think you know what pain is something comes along to show you some more
In hospital watching young Oshin getting sick and there is not a fucking thing i can do about it.”
Oshin was diagnosed with Medulloblastoma just before Christmas when he came sick.
Family friend Lynda Jones wrote on a GoFund Me page that Oshin’s mum, Angela became concerned when he vomited two mornings in a row.
Doctors began a series of tests and found the tumour.
"It's unusual for Medulloblastoma to spread outside the brain” she writes “but Oshin's has. “
“He has since had surgery on his brain to remove a tumour. Ange, Colin and their family and friends held their breath until yesterday, when the results came back. Oshin does not have the benign tumour they were hoping for. He had an aggressive, cancerous form of malignant brain tumour.”