Doting mum creates early Christmas for little Layla
Tot faces radiotherapy soon
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