A desperate mother is appealing for help in a bid to save her son from an inoperable brain tumour – which makes him vomit up to 15 times A DAY.
Seven-year-old Jamie-Lee Dearing has sadly suffered for years after a history of different illnesses.
Last year he was diagnosed with an inoperable cancerous brain tumour which is located in the part of the brain that controls vomiting.
The poor little boy has to take strong steroids to stem the sickness but even those have a detrimental effect on his health.
Now his mother, Jodie, aims to raise £150,000 in a bid to send Jamie-Lee to America for radiation treatment to shrink the deadly tumour.
Mother-of-four Jodie, 31, said: “If it works he’ll be able to go back to school and be a normal child again.
“Without this treatment he will either remain on steroids, which is not healthy for him.
“Or he’ll come off the steroids and keep being sick and being sick, losing weight until the point he dies.”
Lego loving Jamie-Lee has been off sick from school since October and all of his friends have made him get well soon cards.
He uses a wheelchair for long distances as he gets tired and also has to wear knee braces and special shoes.
Jodie, from Ditton, Kent, said: “Jamie-Lee has always been happy and he worries about others before himself.
“His friends all love him. They’ve grown up with him since pre-school and they know the basics of his illness.
“The steroids give him puffy skin and long-term they will affect his bones, and he already has weak bones.”
“Doctors have tried taking him off steroids before but he ended up on a feeding tube in hospital.”
Jamie-Lee’s tumour is in his brain stem so the only way of helping him return to be a normal child is to shrink it.
However the only available treatment is in America so the family have set up a Just Giving page in a plea for help.
The proton therapy aims to shrink the mass and stop it from pushing against the stem which makes Jamie-Lee vomit.
Jodie added: “Proton therapy is a type of beam therapy that targets one specific area and is not as invasive as radiotherapy over here.
“If it works he’ll be able to go back to school and be a normal child again.”
Proton beam therapy hit the headlines back in 2014 after little Ashya King’s parents took him out of hospital to get him treated overseas.
The then five-year-old sparked an international manhunt after the couple took him from hospital without doctors’ consent.
Both parents spent a few nights in prison in Spain before a High Court Judge allowed Ashya to go to Prague for treatment.
His parents now say he is now doing well and will return to full-time education.
Jamie-Lee’s family are hoping to receive some funding towards the therapy from the NHS via charity Kids ‘n’ Cancer but they won’t find out if they’re eligible for several weeks.