Jessica Gibson passed away on December 7, after the family had celebrated news doctors had approved her to try Trametinib to treat her brain tumour
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A nine-month-old baby dies hours after doctors have the green light for her to start new treatment..
Jessica Gibson sadly passed away on December 7, just months after she was diagnosed with a brain tumour.
The tot had just hours earlier been approved to try Trametinib – a cancer growth blocker, which targets proteins and slows down the growth of harmful cells.
Mum Gillian Allum, 36, had taken to Facebook to tell followers of ‘the best Christmas present ever’ after it was approved, reports the Daily Record.
She wrote: “Jessica’s oncologist called last night to say that Novartis has approved her application for Trametinib.
“I can’t explain how happy we are – it’s the best news!
“Now we just have to wait for Novartis to send the medicine and hope it’s sooner rather than later.
“Best early Christmas present ever!!”
However, just over 24 hours later, Gillian, from East Kilbride, Scotland, posted another heartbreaking update to say brave Jessica had passed away that same day.
In the post, Jessica’s family, who live in East Kilbride, vowed to never forget their ‘amazing little princess ‘.
Gillian said: “Our amazing little princess Jessica passed away.
“As with everything and in true ‘Jessica style’ this surprised us all and we are all completely heartbroken.
“We all love you so much baby girl and not a minute will pass that we don’t think about you.”
Little Jessica was diagnosed with pilocytic astrocytoma in July – a tumour of the brain and spinal cord – when she was just four months old.
It came after Gillian and dad Andrew, 49, became concerned when her right eye began rapidly moving from side to side.
An initial GP referral to the hospital led to a three or four-month wait for an MRI scan but soon after Jessica’s weight started to drop and she was admitted to Wishaw General Hospital in Lanarkshire on July 29.
She was then taken for an emergency MRI scan at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Glasgow, where her parents were told there was a large mass in Jessica’s brain and smaller tumours in her spine.
The brave tot then endured five operations, three types of chemotherapy and spent lengthy spells in hospital.
But on November 10 doctors decided she was too weak for any more surgery or chemotherapy and was sent home from hospital in an ambulance for palliative care.
Following the news of Jessica’s death, well-wishers were quick to post their sympathies and messages of support for the family.
Allison McGuire said: “Gillian I am so saddened to hear this about Jessica. “Thinking of you and all your family.”
While Carolann Lynch wrote: “Aww Gilliian I can’t believe your little angel has passed. “My condolences to you both and family too. “Puts life into perspective, especially at this time of year. “Thoughts and prayers are with you all. Fly high little angel.”
Kirsty Skillin added: “Oh my goodness Gillian. “Can’t even imagine what your going through. “Hold your memories tight, you will always have them of your beautiful wee girl. “Thinking of you & family at this awful time.”
And Lynda Benton posted: “No words can describe your pain and heartbreak at this very sad time Gillian. “Heaven has gained a beautiful, precious Angel. Thinking of you all.”
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.