A beautiful 9 year old girl. A little princess
Emily has an extremely rare cancer know as a Muco Epidermoid Carcinoma which is high grade cancer.
To say Emily is a sweetheart would be an understatement. She is a real gentle soul. She would honeslty not hurt a fly. She is loving and kind to her friends, family and those around her.
Emily's Mum and Dad were given some devastating news on the 19th of December 2016. Heartbreaking in fact. Poor Emily had been suffering from severe headaches, vomiting after meals and pain in the left side of her jaw. They had taken her to a few different doctors (even to a hospital) the doctors just brushed it off as the flu and other things like measles, food poisoning and a common cold. The headaches and vomiting didn't stop, Emily's mum listened to her gut instinct and tried one more doctor who sent them straight off to have a scan to investigate further. The news was in and it was not what any parent wanted to hear. Emily had quite a large tumour on the left side of her jaw.
Life isn't fair! Bad things shoudn't happen to anyone but a little princess of 9? She should not have to endure such pain and neither should her loved ones.
Emily also has five brothers and a baby sister that she loves dearly. She has only begun her journey in life and deserves to be here just as much as the rest of us, if not more.
Emily was sent to the a private specialist in Frankston private hospital (even thou her parents didn't have private health insurance) so that she could recieve the best care possible. Emily had to undergo a biopsy 3 days before Christmas. Being under anaesthetic is never nice but Emily had no other choice. You can only begin to imagine how stressful this must have been for her and her family. Emily still suffers from pain, headaches and vomiting. The results from the biopsy were inconclusive and the hospital decided to just watch to see if the tumour kept growing or not. The tumour continues to grow.
Yet another visit to the specialist seen more bad news. Emily's last MRI scan results revealed that the tumour was not only wrapped tightly around the facial nerve but had now wrapped its self around her lymph node and main salivary gland. Her current specialist is at a loss as to what is causing the tumour and has told the family to seek a second opinion.
Emily’s Mum went to get a second opinion last year in April but couldn’t raise the funds to get to Sydney and have a private specialist review Emilys case, when her mother asked for a copy of Emilys file they refused to release it and also told her that Emily would be dropped off their books if they went to Sydney.
In January of this year (2018) the hospital finally decided to do another biopsy at the request of Emilys mother. The results came back in as High Grade Muco Epidermoid Carcinoma, this type of cancer is so rare in children that it only counts for 0.8% of all Parotid Cancers. Emilys tumour is occupying her superficial and deep lobe, a risky operation for a surgeon without experience.
Emily's family have researched the globe to find a surgeon that is qualified enough to operate on little Emily, that’s when they discovered a specialist in Beverly Hills CA. Dr Babark Larian is the world leading specialist in cases like Emily's.
This specialist comes at a cost and with all their money paying current medical bills they can't afford the journey to see Dr Larian in Beverly Hills CA.
On top of Emilys case their 12 yr old son has been diagnosed with Coprolalia Tourette’s and is himself in and out of appointments with a private paediatrician.
Any money raised here is going to be much appreciated and is going to help them with so much. It will help them to be able to get Emily to Beverly Hills to see the specialist she needs, it will help the family stay together as a family and spend that time together without Emily's Dad having to worry about returning to work right away.
This fund will help with medical expenses, transport to America and accomodation while over there.
Please help us to support Emily and her family through this nightmare and on the road to a healthy, long life.
If a donation is something you are unable to help with then please send her love, strength, prayers and well wishes.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
- Wayne Gannon
- Emily and Dale Arthrell
- Josie Barrett
- Marie Harder
- Gail Porthouse
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