Dot­ing mum cre­ates early Christ­mas for lit­tle Layla

Tot faces ra­dio­ther­apy soon

Paisley Daily Express - - Front Page - Co­lette Crampsey

The fam­ily of a tot who is bat­tling cancer have dec­o­rated their house early as they will be spend­ing most of the Christ­mas pe­riod in a hos­pi­tal ward.

Ren­frew mum Louise Cun­ning­ham, 32, is de­ter­mined her daugh­ter, Layla Greene, three, won’t miss out on the magic of Santa while she fights to over­come a rare strain of the deadly dis­ease.

The tod­dler will un­dergo hard­hit­ting ra­dio­ther­apy treat­ment in De­cem­ber as doc­tors try to get rid of the tu­mours in her liver, kid­ney, brain and back.

But the dot­ing mum- of- three is do­ing all she can to en­sure her lit­tle girl can still en­joy the spe­cial time of year.

Helped by Layla’s older broth­ers Matthew, 12, and nine- year- old Robert, Laura decked-out the fam­ily home in Kirk­land­neuk Road with dec­o­ra­tions last week, more than a month be­fore Christ­mas Day.

She said she wanted to make the most of the time when Layla, who was re­cently re­leased from hos­pi­tal fol­low­ing a stem cell trans­plant, was well enough to en­joy the fes­tiv­i­ties.

“We are the only house in Kirk­lan­deuk Road with dec­o­ra­tions up,” Louise con­fessed.

“It was just to give Layla a bit of time to en­joy it.

“She has been do­ing well the past few weeks. The trans­plant went re­ally well and she has been get­ting back to her own wee per­son­al­ity, so I wanted to put the dec­o­ra­tions up while she’s in good form.”

Louise has spent ev­ery day and night at her daugh­ter’s side as she has re­ceived treat­ment for neu­rob­las­toma at the Royal Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal in Glas­gow.

The tod­dler was di­ag­nosed with the ill­ness – which is found in less than 100 chil­dren across the UK each year – back in March, just days after doc­tors told Louise it was a vi­ral in­fec­tion.

Layla has since en­dured gru­elling chemo­ther­apy, blood trans­fu­sions and could face a bone mar­row trans­plant.

“Layla had a high dose of chemo and then a stem cell trans­plant, it was very hard on her and us too,” Louise said.

“It’s prob­a­bly the hard­est thing we’ve had to go through so far. She was in an iso­la­tion ward and it made her very un­well.

“But she bounced back, she’s a fighter and as soon as she feels bet­ter, she pushes her­self to bounce back.”

The tot will now have ra­dio­ther­apy treat­ment ev­ery day from De­cem­ber 7 to 13, at the Beat­son Hos­pi­tal, in Glas­gow.

Louise hopes that if all goes well her lit­tle girl will be well enough to cel­e­brate Christ­mas day.

She said: “Layla will have to get a gen­eral anaes­thetic each day be­cause it could be dan­ger­ous if she were to move.

“I don’t know how she will be with the treat­ment. It will be hard-go­ing and she will be sick, mostly from the anaes­thetic.

“The 13th is only 10 days be­fore Christ­mas, so, if she is tired, at least all the dec­o­ra­tions in the house will al­ready be done.”

Fam­ily friend Michelle Kelly set up a Go Fund Me page to sup­port the fam­ily dur­ing Layla’s bat­tle and it has raised al­most £1,800 al­ready.

Com­mu­nity mem­bers from across Ren­frew­shire have also ral­lied around the fam­ily, with sev­eral lo­cal busi­nesses ar­rang­ing fundrais­ing events.

To find out more about the fundrais­ing, search for Light for Layla on Face­book.

De­voted mum Louise, above, doesn’t want Layla to miss out on the magic of Christ­mas It’s Christ­mas al­ready Layla and cousin Cadey cud­dle by the tree

Star-struck Layla met ra­dio pre­sen­ter Ge­orge Bowie Fam­ily sup­port Layla and her broth­ers Matthew, 12, and Robert, nine, help mum Louise cel­e­brate her 32nd birth­day

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