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  • 12 May 2014, 7:36

Stephen Sutton Goes Back Into Hospital

Cancer sufferer Stephen Sutton, who has raised over 3m for a cancer charity, has been readmitted to hospital.

The terminally ill 19-year-old was discharged from Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital on May 2 after he made what he described as "a miraculous recovery", coughing up a tumour.

But commenting on his Facebook page on Sunday, he told supporters he was again posting from his hospital bed after developing breathing difficulties.

He wrote: "Unfortunately today I've ended up back in hospital. I had some breathing difficulties starting last night and after going to A&E have been admitted back to a ward for monitoring.

"I've still got the cough, then quite quickly developed a wheeze in my breathing and breathlessness upon any physical exertion.

"There's no immediate panic and I'm currently quite stable - I have been put on nebulisers and other meds which are currently helping my symptoms hugely."

He added: "The doctors think there may be something restricting my airway again, they're not sure exactly what yet though (tumour regrowth, infection, inflammation, are all potential reasons mentioned), but are currently discussing the possibilities and my scan results to decide what to do next.

"Fingers crossed the issue will be resolved and that I'll be out of hospital soon - I'll keep you all updated with how I'm getting on."

Mr Sutton, from Burntwood in Staffordshire, was diagnosed with bowel cancer when he was 15.

Despite treatment the tumours spread, with doctors telling him the disease was terminal in 2012.

His fundraising efforts for the Teenage Cancer Trust since posting a picture of himself in hospital in April with a goodbye message when he thought he was nearing death total 3.22m to date.

Over the weekend, a petition at calling for Mr Sutton to be knighted both for his charity work and efforts to raise awareness about cancer had attracted 31,300 signatures.