Cancer-stricken toddler continues fight for survival in Mexico Cancer-stricken toddler continues fight for survival in Mexico
A Canberra toddler whose survival depends on a costly experimental treatment has relocated to Mexico with her family to fight for her life. As... Cancer-stricken toddler continues fight for survival in Mexico

A Canberra toddler whose survival depends on a costly experimental treatment has relocated to Mexico with her family to fight for her life.

As early as in May, the then three-year-old was preparing to move to the UK to undergo treatment for Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), a rare form of brain cancer.

However, due to her deteriorating condition, Annabelle was removed from the sought after program, leaving her parents Kathie and Adam to face the prospect of losing their “baby girl”.

Refusing to give up, the Potts found a different and more effective program in Mexico that could not only extend their daughter’s life but possibly eradicate her inoperable and highly aggressive tumour.

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Annabelle with her baby brother William and her parents Kathie and Adam. (Supplied)Annabelle with her baby brother William and her parents Kathie and Adam. (Supplied)

On June 13, just after Annabelle’s fourth birthday, the Potts, including their baby son William, packed up their lives in Canberra and headed for Monterey, Mexico – but not before giving their brave little girl an unforgettable trip to Disneyland, courtesy of the Make a Wish Foundation.

“We left Sydney on the 18th and she had her first treatment in Mexico on the 20th,” Ms Potts told nine.com.au.

The Aussie family are just one of many from around the world living in the mountainside city with children suffering from DIPG.

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Kathie Potts and her family have relocated to Mexico so Annabelle can undergo her treatment, (Supplied)

Kathie Potts and her family have relocated to Mexico so Annabelle can undergo her treatment, (Supplied)

“There is another Australian family here, five from the UK and Europe and about 15 from America. She (Annabelle) is scared being back in hospital but there is a great community here of other kids with the same condition,” Ms Potts said.

“Annabelle has made friends with another little girl and they have been able to talk about their ‘little bumps in their heads’ and trade war stories. It’s really cute to see her smiling and having fun.

“The language barrier has been a little hard on her though but she is getting used to it. She says, ‘Mummy it’s just like Buzz Lightyear in Toy Story 3′”.

The heavy price for Annabelle’s treatment isn’t just financial but also physical with the four-year-old suffering severe reactions to the experimental chemotherapy.

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Annabelle's Mexico treatment has taken a toll on her body. (Supplied)

Annabelle’s Mexico treatment has taken a toll on her body. (Supplied)

“Annabelle needs between eight to 12 treatments and the treatment are $25,000 each,” Ms Potts said.

“She (Annabelle) has been really sick since her first treatment, I didn’t think it would be this bad. She has had terrible headaches, so bad she can barely sit up without falling asleep. She has also been vomiting for three days and has had a temperature up to 39.9 ℃.

“Based on the other children we have seen; the first treatment is usually the worst.”

Ms Potts said being dismissed from the UK program and travelling south of the US border likely saved Annabelle’s life after an MRI in Mexico revealed her tumour had started to grow.

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Annabelle resting after her most recent treatment in Mexico. (Supplied)Annabelle resting after her most recent treatment in Mexico. (Supplied)

“We literally got here just in time. She wouldn’t have had another MRI in Australian until July 10. Tumours can grow really, really fast. At one stage Annabelle went from having a limp to not being able to walk and breath properly within only four days (before her initial round of treatment in Australia.)”

Using crowdfunding the Potts managed to raise $237,000 of a $350,000 target to get to Mexico, but still need the remaining funds to stay overseas to complete the full course of Annabelle’s treatment.

Source: Nine News

Nkasiobi Chukwu

  • Desiree vance

    2017-06-28 #1 Author

    Awwwww praying for this beautiful child.

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  • Nama

    2017-06-28 #2 Author

    May God heal them all 💖💔

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  • Wyneshia

    2017-06-28 #3 Author

    Keep fighting baby . Never give up on God cause he won’t give up on you 💕

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  • Diamond

    2017-06-28 #4 Author

    God is watching over her and he is going to bless this beautiful baby girl

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  • Tamara

    2017-06-29 #5 Author

    May God wrap his arms around babygirl and protect her every step of the way ❤❤

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  • Jahvone rowe

    2017-08-21 #6 Author

    May the good lord bless you

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