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Countdown for little Freddie from Yateley

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Countdown for little Freddie from Yateley

Published at 6:00am 7th February 2017. (Updated at 6:09am 7th February 2017)

The plight of a sick little Yateley toddler attracts worldwide attention - as a new fundraiser gains momentum.

We have told you about two year old Freddie Hunt who is suffering from a brain tumour - and how more money is still needed to pay for his costly treatment in the US.

It follows a major campaign - including Freddie's Friday here at Eagle Radio last year.

Now, he is in Arizona - and is waiting to have surgery to remove part of the tumour on Thursday.

Mum Abby tells us this morning an MRI scan due for yesterday was delayed as he is suffering a cough.

But doctors at the Barrrow Neurological Institute in Arizona are still hoping the surgery will go ahead - after a brain scan on Thursday.

A campaign last year, including Freddie's Friday here at Eagle Radio, raised around £100,000 to help pay for it.

But before leaving for Arizona last week, his parents were stunned to get a bill of around £340,000, just for the surgery on Thursday alone.

He needs further treatment once doctors have removed part of the large tumour.  

But it is going to cost hundreds of thousands pounds more, with a fundraising campaign now aiming for another £250.000

Freddie's plight has attracted the attention of the media worldwide, with his story appearing in national press here in the UK and even abroad. 

So far, a Justgiving page has received over £90,000 in donations.

Here's a reminder of how Freddie's Friday went:

Ahead of leaving for the US last week, Freddie's mum Abby told Eagle she was relieved they were finally going, but was very anxious about that first procedure: "I'm quite overwhelmed with it all really, I'm still in disbelief that it's happening.

"I'm looking forward to getting there and getting this phase two started.

"I'm incredibly nervous, incredibly.

"It's the unknown, the whole thing is completely unknown, what we're going to see - but it's got to be done, we've got no choice in it - otherwise we'll lose him anyway."

She said she is worried about what could happen during surgery and what will happen afterwards:  "I'm scared of what I'm going to see, and what he's going to look like, so it's not going to be nice - but I know it's something that's got to be done.


"We have no choice in this - it's just tough when it's your child.

"I think it'll be seven or eight hours - depending on how it goes - in surgery.

"I'm nervous about it - anaesthetic alone is dangerous, isn't it - and so many things, when it's your brain.

"All I want is to make sure when he comes out that he recognises me.

"I've made up a book with loads of photos in just to see if I can get a reaction out of him if he's not able to speak much."


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