Alex Buczkowski - 12 Year Old Battling Stage 4 Brain Cancer Surprising Diagnosis After COVID Vaccine

In August Alex and his family received the Covid vaccine and shortly after Alex began having what were thought to be symptoms from the shot.

 

Alex's dad, said that Alex began getting headaches before the school year started, but eventually found some relief with over-the-counter medicine. Three days after starting seventh grade, though, Alex started vomiting and sleeping a lot. Dan and his wife, Amalia Zamorano, took Alex to urgent care and a battery of tests came back negative.

 

After Alex's symptoms persisted, his parents took him to Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove. Once again, the blood and urine tests performed on Alex didn't find anything out of the ordinary. Doctors were getting ready to send Alex home with anti-nausea medicine, Dan said, but when the 12-year-old stood up and nearly fainted and fell over, a physician ordered an MRI.

 

The MRI detected a glioblastoma the size of a clementine on the top left side of Alex's brain. He was transferred to Advocate Children's Hospital in Oak Lawn, where surgery quickly followed to remove as much of the mass as possible.

"They can't even get to all of it," Dan told Patch, "It's just so sad."

 

Over on the GoFundMe created by his father, it mentions in August, Alex got his COVID Vaccine.


 

Like all students a few weeks ago, Alex was looking forward to the start of the school year. Alex was enjoying his summer break and even began learning French for his future goals to go to Canada and become an amethyst miner.

In August Alex and his family received the Covid vaccine and shortly after Alex began having what were thought to be symptoms from the shot.

 

The doctor recommended plenty of rest and fluids and that the side effects would go away. Alex's pain did not pass, and within a few days Alex's headaches became worse but said that with the Motrin he had some relief.

 

On August 18th Alex like so many others got to go on his first day back to school to see his friends and teachers for his new 7th grade year, he was super excited and ready. He made it the first 3 days and the Friday he came home and just said he was so tired and just wanted to sleep. He began vomiting up that night so by that Sunday was taken to the urgent care. All of Alex's test came back no issues and the sent him home with indications it was just delayed side effects of the shot. Alex continued to feel ill - vomiting, not eating or drinking and sleeping. He was taken to the emergency room where they still were not able to find and issues. Just as he was about to be discharged, the doctor asked him to take a walk and that's when Alex began to fade. An MRI of his head was ordered and was found with a brain tumor the size of a clementine.