Doctors decided Jessica Gibson she was too ineffective for any more surgery or chemotherapy and she was sent home from hospital in an ambulance for palliative care
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A baby’s scarce eye movement was truly a sign of a fatal brain tumour, her parents have tragically shared.
Jessica Gibson’s mum and dad are now calling for children who have similar symptoms to be fast-tracked for an MRI examine, Daily Record reports.
She was diagnosed with pilocytic astrocytoma, a tumour of the brain and spinal cord, when she was just four months old.
Jessica has since had five operations, three types of chemotherapy and spent lengthy spells in hospital.
Doctors decided she was too ineffective for any more surgery or chemotherapy and she was sent home from hospital in an ambulance for palliative care.
The family of East Kilbride, South Lanarkshire, were then told she may only have weeks to live.
Mum Gillian Allum, 36, and dad Andrew Gibson, 49, first became concerned when their daughter’s right eye began moving rapidly from side to side.
But initial GP referral to the hospital led to a three or four-month wait for an MRI examine followed by a drop in Jessica’s weight and an admission to Wishaw General Hospital in Lanarkshire on July 29.
After an emergency MRI examine at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Glasgow, her parents were told there was a large mass in Jessica’s brain and smaller tumours in her spine.
She endured three major operations in a week and also began chemotherapy.
Andrew, who is an operations manager, said Jessica would be dead now if they had waited four months for an MRI examine.
He wants the NHS prioritise children showing signs of brain tumours.
He told the Daily Record : “The MRI scans really need to take place within days instead of months.”
Gillian, a business development manager, additional: “We need to do more for children who present symptoms like Jessica’s and get their treatment fast-tracked.
“If the worst-case scenario happens to our daughter, I want to make sure no other family go by this.”
The associate are doing everything they can to get her better, including the use of approved herbal remedies and treatments.
They are also speaking with a private consultant in Thailand who specialises in natural medicine.
A JustGiving site has been set up to raise £50,000 to sustain the family and pay for any possible future private procedures.
One possibility is cell therapy treatment in a private London clinic, which could cost between £8,000 and £25,000.
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