BABY MIA NEEDS OUR HELP

Com­mu­nity call to as­sist fam­ily of tod­dler bat­tling cancer

Whitsunday Times - - FRONT PAGE - Louise Shan­non

WHIT­SUN­DAYS tod­dler Mia Depuit is in the fight of her life. The one-year-old was di­ag­nosed with a rare form of ag­gres­sive cancer last week and flown to Bris­bane for im­me­di­ate treat­ment at Lady Cliento Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal. Friends are ral­ly­ing around the fam­ily and have set up a GoFundMe page in a bid to raise at least $30,000 to help pay for flights and ac­com­mo­da­tion while Mia’s dad Ben­jamin is un­able to work.

A FUNDRAIS­ING drive has been set up for Whit­sun­days fam­ily Ni­cole and Ben­jamin Depuit and their one-year-old daugh­ter Mia, who was di­ag­nosed with a rare form of ag­gres­sive cancer last week and flown to Bris­bane for im­me­di­ate treat­ment.

Krys­tal Warren, Ms Depuit’s close friend, said Mia was taken to the doc­tor’s last week as her stom­ach was be­com­ing pro­gres­sively bloated, very quickly.

“Ob­vi­ously that wasn’t nor­mal, so the doc­tor or­dered an ul­tra­sound and that’s when they found it was ei­ther a cyst or a tu­mour.”

Ms Warren said a CT scan at Lady Cliento Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal in Bris­bane on Sun­day con­firmed a 10cm tu­mour, called an adrenal cor­ti­cal car­ci­noma, was near Mia’s kid­neys on her adrenal cor­tex.

“The plan was to sur­gi­cally re­move it, but they re­alised it would put Mia’s life at risk when they found out how big it was.”

Ms Warren said it was in Bris­bane that sus­pected blood clots were dis­cov­ered on Mia’s lungs which pre­vented her from be­ing able to breathe on her own, and she is now in the ICU ward on breath­ing sup­port.

She said that once Mia was able to breathe in­de­pen­dently again, “they will have to face the heart­break­ing jour­ney of six months of chemo­ther­apy for their lit­tle girl in Bris­bane, be­fore they can hope­fully sur­gi­cally re­move the tu­mour for good”.

The fam­ily, cur­rently stay­ing at Ron­ald McDon­ald House, will be in Bris­bane in­def­i­nitely and Mr Depuit, an elec­tri­cian, has taken time off work. Ms Warren said res­i­dents and busi­nesses could make do­na­tions to help the fam­ily at a GoFundMe page she had set up at gofundme.com/ save-baby-mi­afight­ing-a-tu­mour

She is hop­ing to raise at least $30,000 to help pay for flights and ac­com­mo­da­tion while Mr Depuit is un­able to

work, and she will also or­gan­ise local raf­fles to raise much-needed money as soon as pos­si­ble.

“Ev­ery cent will help Mia and her fam­ily at this dif­fi­cult time while they have to stay in Bris­bane for her on­go­ing treat­ment,” she said.

Ms Warren, who went to school with Ni­cole in Proser­pine, gave birth to a baby girl, Briella, within weeks of Mia and said the two ba­bies had be­come firm friends.

“It was great to have our preg­nan­cies to­gether. I of­ten go shop­ping with Ni­cole and have a cof­fee at Luv a Cof­fee café at Whit­sun­day Plaza. They all know us there.

“Now, the girls are best friends and have been see­ing each other since they were six weeks on a reg­u­lar ba­sis. When they are to­gether they love to play. Mia likes in­ter­act­ing with peo­ple.

“She’s such a bub­bly and happy lit­tle girl. She’s very cu­ri­ous, switched on and in­tel­li­gent and very aware of her sur­round­ings.

“She loves toys and play­ing with balls and play­ing on her blow-up jump­ing castle at home.”

Ms Warren said the Depuit fam­ily en­joy tak­ing their daugh­ter on trips to the beach, park and fish­ing. “They love fam­ily time.” Any­one who wants to make a do­na­tion for raf­fles or to the fundrais­ing ef­fort can contact Krys­tal Warren on 0466 985 727.

❝She’s such a bub­bly and happy lit­tle girl. She’s very cu­ri­ous, switched on and in­tel­li­gent and very aware of her sur­round­ings. — Krys­tal Warren

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LIT­TLE FIGHTER: Baby Mia in the in­ten­sive care unit of Lady Cliento Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal.

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