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Yateley brain tumour toddler gets ready for surgery in the US

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Yateley brain tumour toddler gets ready for surgery in the US

Published at 10:18am 4th February 2017. (Updated at 9:32am 17th February 2017)

In less than a week, a Yateley toddler undergoes risky surgery in the US in the first phase of treatment for a brain tumour.

Little Freddie Hunt and his family are in Arizona after flying out last Wednesday (February 1)- and next Thursday (Feburary 9) the two year old will be operated on at the Barrow Neurological Clinic in Phoenix, Arizona.

His mum Abby told us doctors have said the tumour is so large they have to remove part of it before they can perform other less invasive procedures.

She said the surgery is not without risks - but they have no choice as it is his only chance to get better: "His memory is already affected quite badly anyway, but there is a risk of his memory being affected further.

"There's a risk of having to learn to walk again, lots of things like that, just because of where it is on the brain.

"Although they're not going to touch the two halves of the brain, there's still the risk it could interrupt with that."

She said however, there will be positive side effects:  "Hopefully once we've had the surgery - we don't know how long it'll take - he might be seizure-free straightaway, just by that little bit coming away from it.

"Or it may take a while for the brain to reset - they said sometimes it takes a little bit of time, and the seizures gradually wear off.

"Or it depends how much they can actually even get of the tumour, because the rest of it will be dealt with after that."

Freddie

Freddie's trip to the US comes after a huge fundraising effort to help pay for the costly treatment.

It includes Freddie's Friday at Eagle Radio - which helped meet a target of more than £100,000. 

But the Hunts were stunned when they received their first bill from the private clinic in Arizona last week - to find they still do not have enough money to see it through.

The costs of the surgery is estimated at around £340,000 - which is more than they had been expecting.

Another fundraising campaign is underway to help them pay for the total cost of surgery and further treatment. 

The Hunt family at Heathrow before boarding a plane for the US

Freddie

 

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