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Little Freddie Hunt STILL struggling months after brain surgery

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Little Freddie Hunt STILL struggling months after brain surgery

Published at 5:40am 2nd May 2017. (Updated at 4:30pm 2nd May 2017)

Yateley toddler Freddie Hunt is STILL battling with the after-effects of an operation to remove a brain tumour.

This past weekend, Abby and Dave Hunt have had to take their son back to hospital for tests - after his sodium levels reached new lows.

Freddie has been suffering with severe swelling and pain since surgery in the US back in February.

He is still not able to walk and suffering with sight problems.

Family spokesman Marc Whitman told Eagle Radio it is a long road ahead: "It's been very, very difficult for everybody in that household.

"He's just been up at night screaming and crying, the two of them (Abby and Dave) aren't getting any sleep at all.

"He's put on another kilo and a half - he weighs 27 1/2 kilos now.

"Abby hasn't been able to pick him up for a long time and that's why Dave's going to have to take at least six months off work because he is the only one who can pick him up."

 "It's going to be six months to a year.

"He still can't walk, in the pool he can still kick his legs - but the next six months are going to be the most intense, where they try to get his weight down first of all, try to get him to walk again.

"I don't think he's got a lot of sight in one eye, still."


Marc 'Rambo' Whitman

While the operation to remove part of the brain tumour was successful, Freddie's recovery has come with ups and downs for the family.

After the surgery at a private clinic in Arizona, the Hunts had to cancel plans to return home after he was readmitted to hospital there suffering from diabetes.

Finally the family were given the all clear to fly back to England, in time for Easter, but then Freddie fell ill again and was admitted to Frimley Park Hospital.

He was discharged - but yesterday, Abby and Dave took him back to Frimley as an outpatient for more tests. 

Abby has since posted on the Together for Freddie Facebook group that Freddie's sodium levels had increased and had "gone just into safe range."


(Abby, Freddie and Dave Hunt)

Freddie's treatment comes thanks to massive support from the community. 

Eagle Radio listeners helped get Freddie to America for treatment as part of Freddie's Friday.

And a fundraising campaign is still ongoing, to help the Hunts meet costly medical bills. 

It is expected they could return to the US in the next year for further treatment to remove the rest of the brain tumour. 

Visit the Freddie Hunt fundraising page.


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