Deavan Clegg‘s son has been diagnosed with cancer.
The former 90 Day Fiance star took to Instagram on Tuesday to make the very sad announcement that her three-year-old son, Taeyang— who was born during the first season of “90 Day Fiance: The Other Way”— has been diagnosed with B-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.
Deavan stated in her post that the diagnosis came just a few days ago, and that Taeyang has already begun chemotherapy treatment. Taeyang currently lives with Deavan– who is pregnant with her third child— as well as Deavan’s boyfriend Topher Park and Drascilla, Deavan’s daughter from a previous relationship. Taeyang’s father, Jihoon Lee, currently lives in Korea and, according to Deavan, hasn’t contacted the boy in over a year.
In her Instagram post, Deavan called Taeyang’s diagnosis “the most vulnerable and saddest point” in her life. She also posted photos of the boy in the hospital receiving treatment.
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“I’m overcome with so much emotion and devastation to announce that my beloved son Taeyang, who just celebrated his third birthday last month, was just diagnosed with childhood cancer, B-cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia just a few days ago.
“He has already undergone multiple procedures and started chemotherapy treatments just two days ago,” Deavan continued. “This is every parent’s absolute worst nightmare and I’m trying hard to stay strong for Taeyang, Drascilla and my baby in my tummy. Taeyang will need around the clock hospital care and this will be a long two-year process that has a high success rate of full recovery in five years. I’m still processing all of this and asking for prayers, please.”
Deavan’s mom created a GoFundMe to raise money for her Taeyang’s medical care.
According to St. Jude, Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is the most-common type of childhood cancer. It affects the patient’s white blood cells and most often occurs in children ages three and five.
In a second post, Deavan thanked her followers for their support.
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“This week has flip[ped] our lives upside down,” she wrote. “Childhood cancer is one of the worst things to happen to anyone or any family. We will keep everyone updated on Taeyang’s journey to recovery.”
On the GoFundMe page, Taeyang’s grandmother explained how it was discovered that Taeyang has cancer.
“In early April, Taeyang started wheezing, seemed overly tired, and started saying ouch,” the fundraiser bio states. “His mom took him to the nearest clinic, thinking it may have been a sore throat. Taeyang was treated with steroids and sent home with instructions to go to the Emergency Room if symptoms persisted. The symptoms worsened. His mother took him to the Emergency Room, where he was found to be anemic and constipated.”
It goes on to state that Taeyang’s condition did not improve, even after another trip to the hospital and taking the antibiotics and iron supplements he was given at the hospital.
“Taeyang seemed to be improving for five days; sadly, the wheezing returned; he started vomiting and found walking hard. His mom took him to the Emergency Room again; his red blood cell count was even lower, despite the iron supplements… One month after Taeyang’s first trip to the Emergency Room, he was back to test his blood count; it had dropped even more, and was at a dangerous level. A specialist was needed.
“Taeyang’s mom took him to the specialist and thought he would need a blood transfusion the next day. Instead, with the lab work in hand, the doctor returned to the hospital room with a diagnosis that no parent wants to hear: ‘Your son has cancer cells.’ Taeyang was admitted to a Children’s Hospital (where he is still currently residing). After a confirmation test, Taeyang had surgery. The procedures done were the placement of a port line, a bone marrow biopsy, and a lumbar puncture.
“As of May 29th, he has begun his chemotherapy. His mom has been informed that this will be a long two-year process, with a high success rate of full recovery in five years.”
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Taeyang’s father, Jihoon, has yet to speak out about his son’s diagnosis, and it is not known if he was even aware of it until Deavan posted about it on Instagram.
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Poor little buddy.. I hope she finds her way to Saint Jude.. they do a lot of good. They don’t charge for his treatments and even put Deaven up in a hotel. 🙏🏼🙏🏼
I can’t imagine what she’s going through, having her baby so sick and seeing pregnant. Poor woman, I feel for her. Let’s hope Jihoon at least send him money
Well this is just fricken upsetting. What a little cutie. I hope that jihoon has some time with him in case something, God forbid, happened to him. Deaven maybe a very unlikeable peraon on tv but she is still a human with emotions and kids and this is real life. This happens far too often and to the most innocent. God hlep the family and the sweet boy and nurse him back to health. No one deserves to go through this.
I can’t imagine the stress that Deavan is going through with her pregnancy and this. Please donate money to cancer charities and the GFM.
I hope that Deavan takes time for herself as well.
Get well soon, Taeyang.
I love and support you, Taeyang
This is so heartbreaking to hear.
This is so sad!!! I cannot even imagine having to see one of my children go through something like this so I’m sending prayers, love & light to Taeyang ❤️ My friend’s son started to complain about his legs hurting on the last day of their family vacation. When they returned home they took him to the pediatrician & he was diagnosed with the same thing. Luckily it was caught very quickly & after one round of chemo he was in remission but they continued treatment just in case. He started kindergarten with a port line & a bald head but he was a trooper! His cancer never returned & he’s a happy, healthy little boy!