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Cancer treatment starts in Germany for little Jamie Inglis
10:05am Wednesday 22nd August 2012 in News
BRAVE seven-year-old Jamie Inglis is today due to start pioneering cancer treatment in Germany, which it is hoped will save his life.
Jamie, who is battling neuroblastoma for the second time, has travelled overseas because the cancer is so aggressive treatment in the UK will keep him alive for only a matter of months.
His parents, John and Vicky Inglis, have led a campaign which has so far raised about £92,000 of a £250,000 medical bill for the treatment. The family was given the go-ahead to travel to Germany following a tense wait for MRI body scanresults last Friday, which showed Jamie’s chemo and radiotherapy had been successful and no tumours were detected.
On Monday, Jamie and his parents travelled to Tubingen in southern Germany and he was last night checked into the children’s hospital, with treatment expected to start today.
Mr Inglis said: “We are a bit bewildered. We are glad we are here and glad the process is done and grateful Jamie was in a position to start the treatment.
“Although we feel stressed we are trying to keep things in perspective – some children are not so lucky to get on to the treatment. For us it’s progress.”
Over the next 12 days Jamie, a pupil at Lord Deramore’s Primary School in Heslington , York, will be given chemotherapy drugs to lower his immune system.
Stem cells from Mr Inglis – to repair Jamie’s immune system, which does not recognise cancer cells – will then be introduced, in a painstaking process which is likely to make Jamie very ill.
As his immune system will be so low, he will be in isolation for six to eight weeks, with only his parents and the medical team allowed into his room.
After Jamie returns home to Kelfield, he is expected to make monthly trips to Germany for a while for check-ups and follow-up treatment.
The Inglis family received the devastating news that Jamie’s cancer had returned earlier this year, when he underwent new surgery to have a tumour that caused paralysis removed from his spine, and had to learn to walk again.
Three years ago, Jamie defied the odds to beat the childhood cancer neuroblastoma, after his parents and many friends raised £350,000 for pioneering treatment in the United States.
The fundraising effort to foot the medical bill, which has been supported throughout North Yorkshire as well as gaining national attention, is ongoing.
Jamie was joint winner of the 2010 Child Of The Year category of The Press’s Community Pride awards, and has been shortlisted again this year.
To donate to Jamie’s appeal, visit justgiving.com/jamiesappeal