Mum’s re­lief leads to fundrais­ing vow

The Oban Times - - THE NORTHERN EDITION OF THE OBAN TIMES -

A FORT WIL­LIAM mother whose daugh­ter was di­ag­nosed with a rare form of can­cer ear­lier this year has spo­ken of her ‘re­lief’ as baby Daisy is given the all clear.

Daisy was di­ag­nosed with an agres­sive Atyp­i­cal Ter­a­toid Rhab­doid Tu­mour in March when she was just nine months old.

Speak­ing to The Oban Times, Daisy’s mum Leah said: ‘We were told there was only be­tween a 10 and 15 per cent chance she would sur­vive. The con­sul­tant told us that when par­ents hear the prog­no­sis a lot chose to en­joy what time they have left with their child rather than put them through treat­ment. But we said straight away we would try ev­ery­thing to help Daisy.’

Daisy un­der­went rig­or­ous treat­ment, in­clud­ing surgery to re­move the tu­mour, six blocks of chemo­ther­apy and a stem cell trans­plant.

Daisy, who will be 18 months old in De­cem­ber, was treated at the Royal Hospi­tal for Chil­dren in Glas­gow.

Daisy has been home for about four weeks now and Leah says she is ‘do­ing great’.

Leah con­tin­ued: ‘ When she got the all clear it was a mas­sive re­lief, I still get emo­tional when I think about it now – see­ing Daisy bum shuf­fling along the ground and hear­ing her voice. She is start­ing to catch up in her de­vel­op­ment which is amaz­ing con­sid­er­ing we didn’t know if she would be here ear­lier this year.’

A whop­ping £40,000 was raised for baby Daisy dur­ing the course of her ill­ness by friends, fam­ily and Lochaber busi­nesses all of who Leah and her fam­ily want to thank greatly for their gen­eros­ity and sup­port.

She said: ‘ We are sav­ing a sub­stan­tial amount of the fundrais­ing for the fu­ture, in case Daisy does need fur­ther treat­ment. We do­nated £ 5,000 to the Royal Hospi­tal for Chil­dren and £2,500 to Clic Sar­gent.

‘ We plan to do a lot of our own fundrais­ing next year too so we can help other fam­i­lies whose chil­dren have can­cer.’

Pho­to­graph: ABright­side Pho­tog­ra­phy.

Daisy with dad Gary Ni­col, mum Leah Thom­son and big brother Dy­lan.

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