Over the last week, Imogen has undergone a series of tests to determine the success of chemotherapy treatments during the last few months.
After the MRI, Christie & Brad received the news that the original tumour hasn’t shrunk as the doctors had hoped, and that there was a secondary brain tumour growing nearby. This heartbreaking news has hit the family hard, and they are requesting prayers of support & are praying for a miracle of full & complete healing.
The family has requested that we share the name of this specific type of cancer so friends & family can be aware of the magnitude of the illness. If you’re wanting more information, please take the time to read up on Congenital Glioblastoma Multiforme Grade 4 (abbreviation: cGBM).
Thank you for your ongoing support, kind words, occasional home cooked meals & (most importantly) your love & prayers. From the depths of our hearts, Thank you
Imogen Rea’s birth was celebrated by her parents Christie and Brad Rea and their four older daughters in December 2019. Within days of arriving home from hospital and having some beautiful newborn and family photos taken, Imogen became dangerously ill. She was rushed by ambulance to the John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle Australia in a critical condition. Within 36 hours she had to undergo life saving emergency brain surgery. She spent some weeks in Neonatal Intensive Care and Paediatric Intensive Care while she was stabilised before and after surgery.
The medical staff across many departments at the John Hunter Hospital have done an incredible job saving Imogen and stabilising and diagnosing her illness.
Imogen’s test results came back at Christmas time. She has been diagnosed with an extremely rare and aggressive form of brain cancer. As a result, the medical staff quickly began urgently needed treatment. The family are seeking prayers for her full recovery.
Imogen has undergone her first round of chemotherapy treatment in an Oncology isolation ward at the John Hunter Children’s Hospital. Her progress will be monitored, however she will require ongoing treatment for some time.
Christie has been living in the hospital wards and is the primary care giver for Imogen while she is in isolation and undergoing chemotherapy. This has been very disruptive to the whole family.
With medical and personal costs mounting and an unknown road ahead, we would like to support the family with their ongoing financial burdens. We can do this by collectively providing for some of their household costs & other potential financial needs that may arise. This will help the family get back to some form of routine and take some unnecessary stress off their mind for the journey ahead.
Thank you for your support, thoughts and prayers. Any small or large financial contribution you are able to make would be greatly appreciated.
(Andrew & Mark Robinson are Christie Rea’s brothers)
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