A Stockport teacher is begging for help from Australia to bring her 9-year-old cousin home. Which is a rare form of cancer.
Natalie Bailey’s cousin Richie Walsh was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma two years ago.
Since then, her condition has worsened – doctors have been left in Brisbane with some options to treat the disease.
One option for Richie and his family, all from Afferton, is to test experimental proton beam therapy – but it’s only available in two locations around the world: a hospital in the United States, and Christie’s in Dudsbury.
Despite the Australian Prime Minister’s approval to leave the country on short notice, and with the support of Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham – the family has been fighting a major setback.
Similarly, they will fund repatriation from home and lose the income of 46-month-old father Carl, who takes months off from work.
Natalie, now 36, emigrated four years ago and is appealing for help sending her cousin home.
“It’s horrible,” a St. Mary’s elementary school teacher told him. Manchester Evening News .
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“The central tumor is getting bigger and its shape has changed; at Christie’s, they offer proton beam therapy – and in 2018 a little girl had some cancer and she was cured with this treatment.
“This proton beam therapy will target really severe areas of treatment so that it can shrink.
“They can’t get it anywhere else.”
The family has already won a field of support from the Australian public, part of which was helped by a video message from Richie – known as ‘Little’ – the hero, Chris Hemsworth.
After taking his case to the authorities, it appears that life-saving treatment could reach Richie, who was born at Stepping Hill Hospital.
Natalie added: “I spoke to Andy Braham last week and he handed me over to Greater Manchester Health.
“She has been referred to Christie’s. If they say yes, then Richie just needs to register with the GP and he can start it.
“The Australian Prime Minister has specifically instructed him to go on short notice and get the coveted test done free of charge.
“She has been bleeding twice this week [in Australia] But they can’t give him anything down there.
Although the process of getting treatment after the family arrives in the UK may be relatively simple, living there is a different question.
“It’s a big step to come with four children – it’s not like Richie and his mother can come now,” said Natalie, adding that the cost of flights will be increased as Richie has the expertise to go with her in the near future. Care will be required. ‘Long journey.
At the same time, her mother, Lisa, quit her job as a midwife and Carl is taking a free break from work.
He added: “He was not even eight years old when he was diagnosed, his whole life was turned upside down.
“I don’t know how he’s doing it. That is the rock.