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Yateley toddler to head home from the US before further treatment

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Yateley toddler to head home from the US before further treatment

Published at 6:00am 15th March 2017. (Updated at 3:10pm 15th March 2017)

The family of a Yateley toddler with a brain tumour say they will head home before further treatment for their son. 

Freddie Hunt has had his first procedure, but has since been struggling to walk and talk.

The two year old is in the US at a clinic in Phoenix, Arizona, after the community helped raise funds to get him there including a major campaign at Eagle Radio, Freddie's Friday.

Now, the Hunts say it is too risky to carry out further treatment. 

It had been expected Freddie would have proton treatment after most of the tumour was removed in surgery last month. 

Nevertheless, since then, Freddie is no longer having seizures - and his life is not in jeopardy. 

His mother Abby told Eagle it is a huge step forward that he made it through the operation: "I couldn't really see past even bringing him home to be honest with you. When I got on the flight (to the US), I kind of was very sad the whole journey.

"I was thinking, am I going to be bringing him back alive on the flight, or not? So, it's just a major achievement to be where we're at.

'We want to get him a little bit stronger'

freddie dog

"I feel very happy that we're this far. That was probably the biggest thing I wanted him to achieve, was for him to survive it."

"We feel that he needs to be stronger before he can deal with any other treatment. We're worried that perhaps we could lose him by putting too much on him at the moment.

"He is quite weak. They said it could be up to a year, the recovery, for just the tumour. The swelling can take up to six months to go down in the brain.

"Although his face looks fairly normal, his body's very bloated. We just want to get him a little bit stronger, and get him walking, before we put him through anything further."

The family have an appointment with Freddie's surgeon on March 20, who has said she does not feel he is fit to fly until he is stronger.

On the Together for Freddie Facebook Page, Abby said: "He does still have some tumour left but due to the position of it and the main supply of blood running through it, it would need to be proton as it's too risky."

The Hunts have temporarily booked flights to return home to the UK on March 31st.

freddie chair

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