Sunday 24 September 2017

Celebrity chef Novelli reveals heartache over son's cancer fight

The chef has spoken of his shock upon receiving the news
The chef has spoken of his shock upon receiving the news

Celebrity chef Jean-Christophe Novelli has spoken of his 10-week-old son's fight with cancer.

The 55-year-old chef's baby boy, Valentino, is receiving treatment for neuroblastoma.

The multi-Michelin-star winner has revealed his feelings of helplessness after he and his fiancee Michelle announced the child's diagnosis earlier this month.

Novelli told the Sunday Mirror: "We found a lump in Valentino's neck and we both went to pieces.

"There have been nights when I have sat alone, crying, asking God why this has happened to my little boy and not to me. I wish I could change places with him."

Novelli also expressed support to Michael Buble whose three-year-old son, Noah, has also been diagnosed with cancer.

"My heart goes out to the Bubles and any other family facing cancer," father-of-four Novelli said.

Neuroblastoma is a cancer of developing nerve cells and it affects around 100 children every year in the UK, most commonly under-fives.

Symptoms include a lump in the neck - as in Valentino's case - as well as blue lumps in the skin and bruising, often around the eyes.

Press Association

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