Jean-Christophe Novelli so proud of his 'little fighter'
Jean-Christophe Novelli and his partner Michelle Kennedy are so proud of their "little fighter" Valentino, who is battling Neuroblastoma
Jean-Christophe Novelli and Michelle Kennedy are so proud of their "little fighter".
The 55-year-old celebrity chef welcomed his fourth child, Valentino Louis, into the world with his partner Michelle Kennedy, 40, in September and the couple recently revealed that the baby is suffering from Neuroblastoma, a rare type of cancer which mostly affects babies and young children.
Speaking about Valentino's chemotherapy treatment, Michelle told the Daily Mail: "He's been remarkably strong; stronger than me, stronger than all of us. He is so tiny and helpless, and yet he's the one who's going through all this agony.
"It seems to make him sleepy, so he usually drifts off during the chemo. But when they turn the machine off, he opens his eyes and these two tiny tears run down either side of his cheeks. It breaks my heart to see that."
And Michelle said discovering her son was suffering from cancer was like "being sucked into a black hole".
She said: "I felt this horrible, cold fear, the sort that comes up through your toes and into your stomach. That's how you feel when someone tells you your baby has cancer. It just crunches you up and swallows you whole. It's like being sucked into a black hole."
The baby is set to finish his treatment before Christmas and will spend the festive season at home with his family.
Jean-Christophe said: "It's the best present we could have asked for. Until you are going through this yourself, you simply cannot imagine what it will be like. We have both blamed ourselves, wondered if it was something we did or something genetic. But there has never been any cancer in either of our families."