THE Wanted singer Tom Parker was dealt another devastating blow during his cancer battle when his dog was hit by a car.
The 32-year-old, who has been undergoing treatment for his inoperable brain tumour, saw his dog Buddy lose his leg and tail via amputation after the horrific accident.
Things haven't been easy for pop-star Tom, who was diagnosed with stage four cancer last year and given a terminal diagnosis.
The father-of-two and his wife Kelsey Hardwick opened up about yet another struggle for the family after their dog was run over last September.
Taking to Instagram, Kelsey, 30, revealed how the accident happened as they were on their way to London for Tom's "second day of treatment".
"Buddy was hit by a van back in September," Kelsey began the emotional post, which included two photos of the small, curly-coated dog.
"He had to have his leg and tail amputated. Tom and I were on our way to London, I was 36 weeks pregnant and we were on day two of treatment."
The TV personality said she received a call from her older brother Sam who told her Buddy had been run out outside their mum's house.
"Honestly, my brother is the least dramatic person – from that call I thought we had lost him," Kelsey continued, detailing how to dog was "rushed to the vet".
"We were so panicked and my Mum called to say, 'Kelsey, he is stable but his leg is so badly damaged the only option is to amputate," she went on.
"This dog truly was a walking miracle and so I said whatever it takes we must do. He underwent surgery to have his leg amputated."
Despite the traumatic experience, the mother-of-two, who shares daughter Aurelia, 3, and baby son Bodhi with husband Tom, said the dog "shocked" everyone with his fast recovery.
"He came home the next day and completely bounced back," she said. "We love him so much and he is doing amazing on three legs. We are so proud of him."
Kelsey went on to joke how their luck "could not get any worse", saying it was "too far fetched" even for a film script.
"Honestly, if we took our 'life story' to Hollywood to pitch as a film, they'd say, 'No way, too far fetched," she wrote next to a laughing emoji.
She went out to praise her "miracle" husband who continues to fight cancer, not knowing how long he has left to live.
"Buddy is an amazing dog," she concluded. "He is our miracle – just like Tom. Miracle Buddy. Miracle Tom."
Fans were quick to take to the comments to offer their support to the family, and praised dog Buddy for his bravery.
"I’m very sorry to hear this happened to Buddy," wrote one woman. "But he is a strong fighter just like Tom! Sending love."
"Oh my word thank god he’s okay – but you’re a family of superheroes, of course he’s okay," chimed in another.
A third agreed: "An absolute fighter just like the entire family! Look at him powering through life even through all the obstacles. Learnt from the best."
Tom has continued to undergo treatment for his deadly cancer throughout the pandemic, often taking fans with him via social media on his hospital visits.
The star recently opened up about suffering from devastating short-term memory loss after receiving treatment.
He told his fans: "As some of you know, I have been through chemo and radio, haven't I?
"Which was pretty god-damn brutal, but some of the side effects from the chemo and radio are you get bad memory loss."
He explained that he remembered "stupid" things like gifts he had bought his children for Christmas, but often forgot what was happening in the day.
Tom bravely opened up about his cancer diagnosis last year, with Kelsey later admitting that she has asked doctors not to tell them how long he has to live.
In an interview with OK! Magazine, she said: "We didn’t ask for one. I said that for Tom’s state of mind, and who he is as a person, that would not be good for him.
"He would literally sit here and count down the days and not live his life."
The pair have decided to take the devastating news one step at a time and try to keep themselves in a positive mind set for what the future holds.
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