(FOX NEWS) - A soccer ball to the stomach may have saved a South Carolina teen’s life, as doctors diagnosed him with a rare cancer while treating him for the sports injury.
Westley Peterson, 17, of Fort Mill, S.C., was at soccer practice in March when he was hit in the abdomen. After the incident, he noticed blood in his urine, and a CT scan revealed a mass in his kidney that turned out to be a Wilms tumor, the most common type of kidney cancer in children. Most Wilms tumors only affect one kidney and often grow before they are noticed, according to the American Cancer Society.
“I went in because they thought it was kidney stones and came out knowing it was cancer, so that was definitely a very shocking moment,” Peterson told Fox46 Charlotte.
Four days after Peterson’s diagnosis, surgeons removed the teenager’s right kidney and the tumor. Within two weeks, he began radiation and chemotherapy, according to a GoFundMe page set up to help the family with finances. Peterson will undergo 21 weeks of chemotherapy and had his final radiation treatment on Monday.