WARRINGTON mother of two Louise Hulme, who flew to America for life-saving surgery to remove a stage four brain tumour, is now preparing for phase two of her journey.
Louise and her husband Kev, from Fearnhead, Warrington, launched a special fund-raising appeal for the pioneering surgery at the Ivy Brain Tumour Centre in Phoenix, Arizona, so far raising £112,000 of the £150,000 target.
Now two weeks since surgeons successfully removed the tumour Louise has now been accepted for Phase two of the treatment not available in the uK.
In the latest update from America Kev said: “After the early elation of how positive the surgeons and their incredible team sounded post-op, we hit a bump in the road.
“After Louise’s initial resection at the Walton centre in January last year she suffered a lot from an infection of the wound which turned out to be Meningitis. With the help of the NHS staff and Louise’s strength and resilience, she fought it off. So we were full of worry when similar signs & symptoms manifested nine days after her operation over here at the Ivy Brain Tumor Center
“An extremely speedy response from Dr Sinai & his team along with another showing of Louise’s strength & resilience meant that after just one night back in hospital, Lou was released with an all-clear from infection.
“As if that wasn’t good enough news on its own, we have also now found out that Louise is accepted on the Phase Two Trial. The jackpot that we were aiming for.
“With the fund on £112,224 and a large boost to come from the XPO raffle, I’d like to say a massive congratulations to all the winners but also an equally huge thanks to all those who took part.
Yet again we are both thankful, blown away and humbled.
“Let’s be having you phase two!!”
Devoted husband Kev launched the fund-raising page to help raise the funds to send his childhood sweetheart and wife of 27 years to the Ivy Brain Tumour Centre in Phoenix, Arizona.
The funds started rolling in after he launched a Go Fundme page entitled “Louise’s Story – Living with Brain Cancer & COVID-19” after using time during lockdown to research her condition.
Donations can be raised via https://www.gofundme.com/f/pxf4d-hopeforlouise-cancer-treatment-in-usa