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Cancer-stricken toddler continues combat for survival in Mexico


Cancer-stricken toddler continues combat for survival in Mexico

A Canberra toddler whose survival depends on a costly experimental treatment has relocated to Mexico with her family to fight for her life. As early as in May, the then three-year-old was preparing to move to the UK to undergo treatment for Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), a rare form…

A Canberra toddler whose survival is dependent upon a pricey experimental therapy has relocated to Mexico along with her household to combat for her life.

As early as in May, the then three-year-old was making ready to maneuver to the UK to endure therapy for Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), a uncommon type of mind most cancers.

However, on account of her deteriorating situation, Annabelle was faraway from the wanted program, leaving her mother and father Kathie and Adam to face the prospect of shedding their “baby girl”.

Refusing to surrender, the Potts discovered a special and more practical program in Mexico that would not solely prolong their daughter’s life however presumably eradicate her inoperable and extremely aggressive tumour.


Annabelle with her baby brother William and her parents Kathie and Adam. (Supplied)Annabelle along with her child brother William and her mother and father Kathie and Adam. (Supplied)

On June 13, simply after Annabelle’s fourth birthday, the Potts, together with their child son William, packed up their lives in Canberra and headed for Monterey, Mexico – however not earlier than giving their courageous little woman an unforgettable journey to Disneyland, courtesy of the Make a Wish Foundation.

“We left Sydney on the 18th and she had her first treatment in Mexico on the 20th,” Ms Potts informed

The Aussie household are simply certainly one of many from all over the world dwelling within the mountainside metropolis with youngsters affected by DIPG.


Kathie Potts and her family have relocated to Mexico so Annabelle can undergo her treatment, (Supplied)

Kathie Potts and her household have relocated to Mexico so Annabelle can endure her therapy, (Supplied)

“There is another Australian family here, five from the UK and Europe and about 15 from America. She (Annabelle) is scared being back in hospital but there is a great community here of other kids with the same condition,” Ms Potts stated.

“Annabelle has made buddies with one other little woman they usually have been capable of speak about their ‘little bumps of their heads’ and commerce conflict tales. It’s actually cute to see her smiling and having enjoyable.

“The language barrier has been a little hard on her though but she is getting used to it. She says, ‘Mummy it’s just like Buzz Lightyear in Toy Story 3′”.

The heavy worth for Annabelle’s therapy isn’t simply monetary but in addition bodily with the four-year-old struggling extreme reactions to the experimental chemotherapy.


Annabelle's Mexico treatment has taken a toll on her body. (Supplied)

Annabelle’s Mexico therapy has taken a toll on her physique. (Supplied)

“Annabelle needs between eight to 12 treatments and the treatment are $25,000 each,” Ms Potts stated.

“She (Annabelle) has been actually sick since her first therapy, I didn’t suppose it might be this unhealthy. She has had horrible complications, so unhealthy she will barely sit up with out falling asleep. She has additionally been vomiting for 3 days and has had a temperature as much as 39.9 ℃.

“Based on the other children we have seen; the first treatment is usually the worst.”

Ms Potts stated being dismissed from the UK program and travelling south of the US border possible saved Annabelle’s life after an MRI in Mexico revealed her tumour had began to develop.


Annabelle resting after her most recent treatment in Mexico. (Supplied)Annabelle resting after her most up-to-date therapy in Mexico. (Supplied)

“We literally got here just in time. She wouldn’t have had another MRI in Australian until July 10. Tumours can grow really, really fast. At one stage Annabelle went from having a limp to not being able to walk and breath properly within only four days (before her initial round of treatment in Australia.)”

Using crowdfunding the Potts managed to boost $237,000 of a $350,000 goal to get to Mexico, however nonetheless want the remaining funds to remain abroad to finish the complete course of Annabelle’s therapy.

Source: Nine News

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