However, the teenager began to suffer more severe headaches, was nauseous and struggled to walk, due to dizziness. He suffered a seizure and was readmitted to hospital.
An MRI scan revealed had acute hydrocephalus, a build-up of pressure on the brain caused by excess fluid.
The scan also found a large tumour and he underwent a 7.5-hour operation to remove it. The tumour was a low-grade or non-cancerous pilocytic astrocytoma.
Kane’s mother Nicki Allcock, a medical secretary for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), said they took him to a walk-in centre on the Easter Bank Holiday weekend in Blackpool, after he felt too unwell to take part in a football tournament.
“They did a full examination and concluded that he may have been suffering from post-Covid vertigo and he was given codeine,” she said.
The next day, the teenager was still feeling unwell so they took him home and went to A&E.
“I knew something wasn’t right,” she said. “Kane was holding his head and rocking in agony. He couldn’t walk properly. They did some blood tests and put him on oxygen and IV pain relief.”
Mrs Allcock said they were told he was “just suffering from migraines. But one nurse “seemed to take us more seriously” and admitted Kane.