Isabelle Grundy, six, was diagnosed with a High Risk, Stage 4 Neuroblastoma as her parents are desperately seeking to fly to New York for treatment that could help her live longer
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A young schoolgirl has been given a 50% chance of survival after her sore tummy turned out to be an aggressive and rare form of cancer.
Isabelle Grundy, six, has been battling cancer for six months, and her parents are desperately seeking treatment from abroad.
The youngster, from Thornton Cleveleys, was a “happy little girl” before her life-changing diagnosis in the summer of 2021, LancsLive reports.
Isabelle woke up complaining to mum Louisa Moss that she had a sore tummy and she was off school with a suspected bug.
Her condition became worse throughout the day and Louisa found a lump on the left side of her stomach.
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Louisa, 33, said: “It was quite sudden, previous to this day, I noticed she was tired but I can’t say that she was ill- when it’s your own kids you pick up very quickly if it’s anything more.
“This lump that I found in Isabelle’s tummy it wasn’t an obvious lump and not somewhere you would go poking and prodding – I just couldn’t believe it.
“I kind of knew when I felt the lump and did a bit of research, I knew then and there that it wasn’t going to be good news – at the same time I was doubting myself thinking no it can’t be because of how well she’s been.”
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Isabelle was seen by GPs, hospitals and specialists before she was diagnosed with a High Risk, Stage 4 Neuroblastoma. Such a diagnosis comes with a 50 per cent survival rate.
A week later, she was enduring a world of appointments, therapies and treatments all before she even turned six.
Since her diagnosis, Isabelle has undergone a lot of intensive treatment, ranging from high dose chemotherapy, numerous cannulas, MIBG Scans, CT scans, ultrasound scans as well as several blood and platelet transfusions.
She has also undergone a high-risk surgery where only a small section of Isabelle’s tumour was safely removed through stem cell harvest and transplant.
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After 90 days worth of chemotherapy and five additional days of intense chemotherapy, it seemed she was responding positively to each treatment.
However, just before Christmas and her birthday, Isabelle was sent to the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit after quickly becoming severely poorly once again.
Louisa said: “On the 23rd of December, we just knew she wasn’t right, her tummy was distended, she needed to go to the toilet but couldn’t pass any urine.
“She just looked so poorly, she was wanting to sleep a lot- she went for an ultrasound on Christmas Eve morning and they found she was full of fluid.”
Isabelle spent Christmas and New Year’s in a hospital bed – not being able to open her presents.
The mum added: “It was heartbreaking, it was awful. It was just me and Isabelle’s big brother on Christmas morning so we Facetimed daddy and Isabelle was completely oblivious.
“She was fast asleep at the time which she was like the majority of the time. We have such a big family so not seeing any our family at Christmas was hard – we didn’t want them to come up here because of Covid we just had to be so careful who we were mixing with.
“We can’t really say it was Christmas at all, it was just horrible.”
Isabelle still has a 50 per cent survival rate as her family are looking for other options abroad.
They found a vaccination that is given in New York and it can reduce the risk of the cancer returning and will increase her chances of living a longer life.
However, it will cost at least £280,000 to get there and to receive the treatment over the course of more than two years.
To help out, a family friend has set up a JustGiving page which has, in just over two weeks, managed to rake up more than £72,000.
To donate to Isabelle’s fundraiser, click here.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.