Michael Buble’s three-year-old son Noah has liver cancer, according to an Argentinian magazine.
Doctors in Los Angeles confirmed Michael and his actress wife Luisana Lopilato’s worst fears last Tuesday after doing a liver biopsy following an initial examination at a clinic in Buenos Aires.
Noah is also said to have started chemotherapy, which is set to last for four months, magazine Gente reports.
Luisana’s elder sister Daniela told the magazine on Tuesday: ‘If God wanted it to be discovered that way, it’s because he wants to save Noah.
‘Cancer is a horrible illness, but we have faith in Noah being able to overcome this. ‘We know he will. The time to start a long and very difficult treatment has come, but it’s got to be done.
‘They say children are normally strong to put up with chemotherapy and my nephew is a warrior.’
Argentinian media also speculated that Noah had been suffering mumps when Louisiana, 29, flew to the states at the end of last month.
Detailing the events leading up to the diagnoses, a statement from Buble and his wife said ‘’’She took her son to the Otamendi Miroli Hospital in Buenos Aires because he had a high fever.
‘After an exhaustive examination, they ruled out mumps and suggested two possibilities, a throat infection or mononucleosis.
‘To rule out the second possibility they had to carry out a battery of tests which included an abdominal ultrasound.
‘On October 27, after a throat swab, they confirmed he had a throat infection and not mononucleosis, but the ultrasound had detected a liver problem.
‘The doctors told Luisana, “He has a stain on his liver, but it’s not got different tones, and therefore it’s probably benign, but we have to continue with the tests.”‘
Michael, who was working in London, is said to have told his wife to seek a second opinion in LA and Luisana flew to the States on October 29 with their nine-month-old son Elias and her parents.
Michael and his wife of five years confirmed their son had cancer on the singer’s Facebook page last week.
They said in a statement: ‘We are devastated by the recent cancer diagnosis of our oldest son Noah who is currently undergoing treatment in the US.
‘We have always been very vocal about the importance of family and the love we have for our children.
‘Luisana and I have put our careers on hold to devote all our time and attention to helping Noah get well.’
Our thoughts are with the family.