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Jade's Story

Jade was once a bubbly three year old, however this all changed in November 2014 when she became unwell. She was vomiting, lethargic and didn’t want to leave her mum’s side. After numerous trips to the GP there were still no answers as to what was causing her to be so unwell.

Her mum decided to take her to the ED at The John Hunter Hospital. It was there that the doctor on duty noticed a right side tremor. Jade was then taken for an MRI which revealed a 10 x 8 x 5cm tumour on the left side of her brain and hydrocephalus.

Jade’s first brain surgery was on 1 December 2014. After 2 weeks in the ICU she graduated from intensive care on her 3rd birthday.

After 4 rounds of chemo another MRI revealed the tumour left after surgery had grown slightly. Another 3 surgeries were carried out, all requiring blood transfusions and trips to ICU.

After an additional 3 rounds of chemo with a stem cell transplant, an MRI showed only 1cm of the tumour remaining which was surgically removed on August 24th 2015.

Jade now has major right side weakness and had lost her speech. There’s hope that both will improve as the pathways in her brain find alternate routes and repair.

She has started to talk again and can walk holding hands. Jade has spent a ¼ of her life in hospital and has rarely winged a day in there. Her mum says the nurses enjoy looking after jade as she smiles and lifts her arm ready for her obs.

‘It is the wonderful staff in J1 at John Hunter, the brain surgeon, oncology departmentt and the support of our family and friends that have made this experience bearable’ says Jade’s mum Hayley. ‘Also with the help of foundations such as this one (Olivia Lambert Foundation) and organisations like red kite that help families financially during such a stressful time.’

Jade is due to have another MRI in 6 weeks (November 2015) on her brain and spine. We wish Jade and her family all the very best and hope they reveal good news. 

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