Monday 20 November 2017

'It's an injustice that his mum isn't here' - Jeff Brazier shares image of Jade Goody's son Bobby celebrating birthday

Jade Goody passed away after a battle with cervical cancer in 2009; inset, his eldest son Bobby (14)
Jade Goody passed away after a battle with cervical cancer in 2009; inset, his eldest son Bobby (14)
Jade Goody passed away after a battle with cervical cancer in 2009
Jeff Brazier shared a photo of his eldest son Bobby (14)
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Jeff Brazier has opened up about his former partner Jade Goody as he celebrated their son's fourteenth birthday and said it was "an injustice" that she didn't have the chance to see him grow up.

Former Big Brother star Jade died when she was 27 in 2009 after a battle with cervical cancer leaving behind her two sons with Brazier, Bobby (14) and Freddie (12).

Dad-of-two Jeff took to Twitter to wish his eldest son a happy birthday, but said the day was twinged with sadness due to the absence of the boys' mum Jade.

"Look at this boy today. I can't experience immense pride and satisfaction without equally feeling an injustice that Mum isn't here to share," wrote Jeff alongside an image of Bobby who was just six when his mum passed away.

The dad has become an active campaigner in favour of HPV vaccinations since Jade's death, and recently supported an initative by Boots in the UK to vaccinate boys against the virus.

While it was unconfirmed whether Jade's cervical cancer was caused by HPV, the dad said prevention is very important to him when it comes to his children.

Jade Goody passed away after a battle with cervical cancer in 2009
Jade Goody passed away after a battle with cervical cancer in 2009

Almost 75pc of cervical cancers are caused by HPV, but the virus can also be the cause of cancer in the penis, throat and anus in men.

Speaking to the Daily Mail in April, the dad-of-two said: "Even despite all the awareness raising Jade did about cancer, I wasn't aware of the risks related to HPV for my sons.

Jade Goody, who died of cervical cancer at the age of just 27
Jade Goody, who died of cervical cancer at the age of just 27

"HPV is typically seen as a female issue. But I'll definitely be getting them vaccinated now.

"Jade's death may have been HPV-related so as a family we know first-hand how heart-breaking the consequences of the virus can be. Jade would want me to do all I can to protect our boys and I can't lose them too."

Jeff Brazier said he will vaccinate his young sons against HPV
Jeff Brazier said he will vaccinate his young sons against HPV

The presenter shared his thoughts about HPV to launch a new private vaccination service by Boots in the UK for young men. In Ireland, parents can also vaccinate their sons privately, should they wish.

Speaking to the Irish Independent earlier this year, Dr Brenda Corcoran, Head of the HSE Immunisation Office dispelled suggestions that the HPV vaccine is unsafe, after a drop in the number of girls getting the jab was reported.

Jeff Brazier pictured with Jade's children Bobby and Freddie
Jeff Brazier pictured with Jade's children Bobby and Freddie

"You may have heard stories that the HPV vaccine is unsafe and causes harm. This is simply untrue.

"Over 220,000 girls in Ireland have safely received the HPV vaccine, along with 100 million people worldwide in countries like the United States, Canada, the UK, Australia and New Zealand. Not one of these people anywhere in the world has been medically proven to have had a long term side effect from getting the vaccine.

"HPV vaccine protects against cervical cancer and saves lives. Cervical cancer is the fourth most common cancer in women worldwide.

"Each year in Ireland around 300 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer and 90 die from the disease.

"Furthermore, every year over 6,500 Irish women are diagnosed with precancerous abnormalities of the cervix caused by HPV and need hospital treatment.  All cervical cancers are linked to high risk Human Papillomavirus (HPV) types."

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