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The parents of a six-year-old girl who have been given less than two years to live have turned to renowned neurosurgeon Dr. Charlie Teo for help in a desperate attempt to save their daughter.
Doctors diagnosed Madeline Suy, from inner-west Sydney, with a brain stem tumor after she was rushed to the hospital on November 28 for a severe migraine.
Her father Alan Suy said that he and his wife have not yet told Madeline how serious her condition is due to her daughter’s young age.
Maddie’s father Alan Suy has called in highly respected neurosurgeon Dr Charlie Teo for help
“All she knows is that she is sick and has severe headaches and is getting help from the doctors to try to fix this problem,” Suy told news.com.au.
“We don’t have the guts to tell her more than that because she’s only six years old.”
Suy has set up a GoFundMe page for Maddie’s treatment with nearly 1,000 people she has donated as of Friday night.
“We cannot and will not give up on her … We just have to do what it takes for our little ray of sunshine,” Suy wrote.
She said she doesn’t know how much Maddie’s medical care will cost, as well as being extremely expensive, but added that any donations not used for her treatment will go to charity.
Dr Charlie Teo who confirmed Maddie’s test showed she has Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma.
Suy and his wife have already had an appointment with renowned neurosurgeon Dr. Charlie Teo, who confirmed that Maddie’s test showed that she has diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma.
Diffuse refers to cancer that grows in other tissues and mixes with healthy cells.
The Children’s Cancer Institute has called DIPG the ‘deadliest and most devastating’ childhood cancer.
“The average survival rate from diagnosis is around nine to 12 months,” says the institute.
Cancer affects about 20 Australian children each year and is incurable and inoperable, but Dr Teo believes that some parts of Maddie’s tumor may be focal rather than diffuse.
Maddie’s family have setup a GoFundMe page for help with their medical costs
This experimental treatment requires DNA sequencing which, if positive, could allow targeted drug therapy to stop the spread of the tumor.
“In some cases this prolongs the life of the child, in others it makes no difference,” Suy said on the GoFundMe page.
Suy said the decision about very high-risk surgery is the most difficult he and his wife will have to make.
“We just know that we want to give her the best chance to get through this and live the life she deserves,” he said.