‘ Mir­a­cle’ can­cer girl crit­i­cally ill

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS -

THE fam­ily of Annabelle Nguyen thought their five-year-old had beaten fa­tal brain can­cer — but she is now crit­i­cally ill and on life sup­port af­ter it re­turned.

Annabelle and her fam­ily, like many other des­per­ate Aus­tralians, had flown to Mex­ico for ex­pen­sive and ex­per­i­men­tal treat­ment for her in­op­er­a­ble and fa­tal brain can­cer.

Aus­tralian doc­tors had told them noth­ing could be done but a clinic in Mon­ter­rey of­fers ex­per­i­men­tal in­tra-ar­te­rial chemo­ther­apy. Annabelle has out­lived the nine to 12 months prog­no­sis by two years. Her fam­ily credit the Mex­i­can clinic for that.

Doc­tors in­serted a shunt into her brain to re­lieve the pres­sure on May 3 but Annabelle re­mains crit­i­cal and in a coma.

“She is con­tin­u­ing to fight so we are here to fight along with her. But I’m hop­ing she can wake up and let us go home,” Ms Nguyen told The Sun­day Tele­graph.

The fam­ily has spent over $300,000 and sold their home to pay for the treat­ments.

Annabelle Nguyen.

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