Unfortunately this mass turned out to be a cancerous fibrosarcoma.
Eli was intubated at birth, had a blood transfusion at 1 hr old and straight for a biopsy at 2 hrs old. After discovering it was a cancerous tumor Eli had chemotherapy on day 3 of his fragile life.
Eli, Mum & Dad then spent 6 weeks in PICU and 2 weeks in Michael Rice Ward (cancer ward) before Eli was discharged on New Years Eve eve.
The family have spent some time at home but lots of time living in hospital having intensive treatments, blood transfusions and constant monitoring, days, weeks & months.
Unfortunately Eli's tumor is no longer responding to any treatment and Eli has been placed into palliative care.
As we all know a new baby is a life changing experience and you are not always prepared for the extra costs involved. On top of the usual new baby costs, Eli's family also have the added expenses of medication, car parking at the hospital, extended time off work, food while in hospital, adjusting to one income and then usual everyday living on top of the extras.
Eli's family have managed for the most part, but are now finding the financial struggle becoming a reality. Mum & Dad need to be with Eli while he is hospital & they have limited family help with most family interstate & Mum really cannot return to work during crucial time.
Any amount you can spare would be appreciated to assist Eli & his family in daily care, costs & extra expenses so the family can provide care & be there for Eli & enjoy every moment they can together.