Fund for tumour girl Caoimhe hits £20k

A LITTLE girl battling a brain tumour is a step closer to travelling to the US with her family for treatment which could offer hope for her survival.

Loading Comments
Share
Print

A fundraising drive to send Caoimhe Neeson, 3, for proton therapy, a targeted form of radiotherapy, has reached £20,000.

Initially, Caoimhe, of Sandyhills, Glasgow, was turned down for NHS funding for the £250,000 treatment, but after her case was re- assessed, the Proton Therapy UK Panel gave its approval.

The family is expected to fly to Jacksonville, Florida, this month for the treatment.

However, they are still battling to raise enough money for the family, including brother Corrie, 11, to travel and stay there for three months while Caoimhe has her treatment.

Hundreds of people across the Central Belt have rallied round to help through an online fundraising page.

Caoimhe was diagnosed with a fast-growing brain tumour three months after becoming unwell last year.

Doctors told mum Joe-Anne there was a only a 40% chance she would survive to her fifth birthday.

Surgeons operated soon after she was diagnosed but were unable to remove all of the tumour, because of its size and location.

Doctors have been amazed at her recovery from the operation after she regained her mobility and speech.

The youngster has been receiving chemotherapy at Glasgow's Sick Kids' Hospital, which has stabilised the cancer but it is probable it will return.

Proton therapy delivers a more precise dose of radiation without killing healthy tissue surrounding the tumour and is particularly beneficial for children who are still growing. Conventional treatment can lead to deafness, reduced IQ and secondary cancers.

Almost 150 patients have been funded for treatment overseas.

Joe-Anne said: "Not every child can be saved, and that is the devastating realism, but statistically Caoimhe would have a better chance of survival with this treatment."

caroline.wilson@ heraldandtimes.co.uk

Families

Commenting & Moderation

We moderate all comments on Evening Times on either a pre-moderated or post-moderated basis. If you're a relatively new user then your comments will be reviewed before publication and if we know you well and trust you then your comments will be subject to moderation only if other users or the moderators believe you've broken the rules

Moderation is undertaken full-time 9am-6pm on weekdays, and on a part-time basis outwith those hours. Please be patient if your posts are not approved instantly.

111850

Have you got a story?

Contact the news desk on 0141 302 6520 or email news@eveningtimes.co.uk
            Michelle McManus            
                       

Michelle McManus

                       

Sussed in the City

                       

What Robert De Niro and my mum have in common

           
Free swim at a Glasgow Club pool for every reader - Click here

Entertainment

Lifestyle

Wedding
Janice Bell

Janice Bell

You couldn’t make up half the stuff that happens to PA Janice Bell- some of the jams she gets herself into are worth a story or two.

                Games news:                
                               

Putting the world to rights

                               

Gail's Gab

                               

Embrace the sun but be careful

               
Cat’s Eyes on Glasgow

Cat’s Eyes on Glasgow

Cat Cubie’s job is to find and share with you the fabulous things the city has to offer, from gigs to gastro.