A UK tween is the first child in the country to undergo a mastectomy.

The Telegraph have today shared a story on brave 11-year-old Lewis Deakin, from Wythenshawe, Manchester, who suffers from a rare condition which causes him to grow benign tumours in the arteries in his chest.

The youngster, who suffers from arteriovenus malformation, recently had a mastectomy to remove his right pectoral muscle at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

Lewis tells his pals at school that his operation scar is actually a shark bite.

Mother Victoria said: “I would just crumble if it was me but Lewis is really good.

“It was a really big lump on his chest and it even stretched out his clothes. One teacher thought he had a beanbag up is top.

“He is the only child in the country that has had a mastectomy. As he gets bigger they will be able to reconstruct his chest.

“He was a bit daunted by it all at first and he wouldn’t show anyone the scar. But now he tells all the girls at school ‘I’ve been bitten by a shark’. He says it’s a real pulling machine!”

Such a brave kid. Good on you, Lewis.

Share your thoughts below.

Image via The Telegraph.

We may get commissions for purchases made using links in this post. Learn more.
  • wow…..you go Lewis. What an amazing man you are.


  • I absolutely agree that he is brave and I’m glad he is gaining confidence. However , the cats out the bag so to speak…now everyone knows it wasnt a shark bite since it was posted all over the internet. I hope nobody makes fun of him as they shouldn’t . Teasing is a form of bullying and I am totally against bullying in any form . But by everyone saying it was creative and such for saying it was from a shark bite to me is just basically telling kids it’s ok to lie . If you want your kids to learn that lying is ok then by all means keep encouraging him to stick with it. I understand the boy was embarrassed so he quickly thought of something. Great imagination indeed. But hopefully his parents will talk to him and let him know lying isnt good but being true and honest is. I hope the boy is able to tell the truth and still gain conference and not be embarrassed of his body . That would be the best . If other kids make fun of him it is those children’s parents who need to sit their kids down and talk with them. Making fun of others is not nice at all . And this boy shouldnt have to lie because of other kids being bullies . Dont worry what others think Lewis , be proud of yourself and your body. You wasnt bitten by a shark but you are the youngest one to ever have this type of surgery … I think thats even cooler then being bitten by a shark that happens a lot but what you went thru , you are the only one at your age that has ever went thru this. Thats so cool dude . Scars are just a reminder of your past and thats a pretty cool scar buddy. I admire your bravery dont let others bring you down. Wish you the best and a healthy recovery thru it all.


  • Its amazing how resilient kids can be when face with such circumstances. Wish him all the best.


  • I like his style! Good luck.


  • He most definitely is a brave boy.


  • A brave young man with a creative mind.


  • We need more positive stories & this is a good one. Brave man Lewis


  • By saying it is a shark bite Lewis won’t be teased/humiliated. It is his coping mechanism. Smart boy!! I wonder what he will think of when the reconstruction is done. That could prove to be a really big famous encounter


  • Brave boy, glad the other kids at school hadn’t made fun of him he was a brave little boy


  • I love the way he is coping with his scars. Very brave young man.


  • All the best to this young man. He has a very mature way of looking at things that would get a lot of people down and to be so young. He is an inspiration.


  • Amazing Great article thanks for sharing


  • Bless you Lewis. What a brave boy you are


  • That’s the way to respond Lewis !! Glad to read the tumors are benign , hope & pray you may recover well !


  • What an awesome outlook for such a young kid. Good onya Lewis!


Post a comment
Like Facebook page

LIKE MoM on Facebook

Please enter your comment below
Would you like to include a photo?
No picture uploaded yet.
Please wait to see your image preview here before hitting the submit button.
Your MoM account

Lost your password?

Enter your email and a password below to post your comment and join MoM:

You May Like


Looks like this may be blocked by your browser or content filtering.

↥ Back to top

Thanks For Your Star Rating!

Would you like to add a written rating or just a star rating?

Write A Rating Just A Star Rating