A mother whose intuition was spot on when her 12-year-old son’s “migraine” was found to be a deadly brain tumor is now trying to raise £ 500,000 for treatment abroad in a last-ditch effort to save his life rescue.

Avon executive Louise Fox, 46, knew something was seriously wrong when George suffered from a terrible headache in April and urged him to have an MRI despite her doctor suspecting he had severe migraines.

Just three weeks later, George – who has a brother, Jamie, 17, and a sister, Isabella, 11 – suffered a seizure in the garden of their home in Barton-le-Clay, Bedfordshire, whereupon medical professionals found a two-inch cancerous mass on his brain that they say is incurable.

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Louise, whose husband Matt, 51, owns a construction company, said, “I was afraid from the start that it was a brain tumor. Every time the doctors told us it was a migraine, we breathed a sigh of relief. “

Unfortunately, the migraine medication didn’t work and her mother’s intuition was correct.

She said, “I was always concerned that George had a brain tumor.

“He woke up at 5am with a terrible headache. You would actually wake him up with the pain.

“But the migraine medication didn’t work, and then six days later George started throwing up. It felt heavier than a migraine, so I asked if he could do an MRI. “

Then on April 26, 2021, George had a seizure in the garden, the family says, and his parents took him to A&E.

“The doctor examined him, but he seemed fine. Our only hope of finding out what was happening was an MRI, ”said Louise.

“It was booked just a few days later, but it was an excruciating wait.

“After he collapsed in the garden, I was sure he had a brain tumor.”

And on April 29, her worst fears were confirmed by specialists at Luton & Dunstable University Hospital in Luton.

“It was terrifying they put us in a room without George and it was like all of our worst fears had come true,” said Louise.

“George knew something was going on, so we had to tell him right away. He was also scared.

“We had to wait to be transferred to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge. The ambulance picked us up at midnight to bring us. It was just terrible. “

George was immediately taken in on May 6 for a grueling 10-hour operation to remove the two-inch mass.

But just a few weeks later, on May 19, her life was shaken when his histological results – after a detailed examination of the tissue – revealed that George had glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), the most aggressive and deadly form of brain cancer, according to Brain Tumor Research (BTR).

The Fox family is now making the most of their time together

“We were told there was no cure and we were advised to make the most of our time with our son,” said Louise.

“His tumor is severe and stage IV, there is no cure. He’s been through so much, but this type of cancer is so aggressive that we don’t have many treatment options.

“We were taken into a room and told that radiation therapy would help keep it in check, but we should enjoy our time with George.

“We were in shock, we didn’t have time to process the tumor, and now this.

George had a severe headache for three weeks

George had a severe headache for three weeks

“We were honest with George about his tumor from the start, but we didn’t tell him about the prognosis because it’s too difficult for all of us. We don’t want him to lose hope.

“George didn’t talk much about it. I don’t think he wants to talk about it and that’s fine.

“He’s getting on well with it, but he’s gotten really calm. We don’t want to overwhelm him. “

Because BRT confirmed that fewer than 20 percent of people diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor survive longer than five years, George began six weeks of chemotherapy.

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Now Louise believes her greatest hope is that the NHS treatment, which is supposed to keep cancer in check, will buy him enough time to qualify for what she believes are landmark GBM treatments overseas.

“Chemotherapy will only buy us a few years,” said Louise.

“We now believe that in order to give George the best chance we need to look overseas to Germany and the United States for breakthrough treatments as they keep developing new vaccines and treatment programs.”

The family hopes that George will be approved for a groundbreaking study in Germany either to work with dendritic cells or for personalized immunotherapy that boosts the immune system. Both treatments work like a vaccine. They attach to abnormal cells and stimulate the patient’s immune system to fight the cancer.

George had 10 hours of surgery to remove his tumor

George had 10 hours of surgery to remove his tumor

But none of these treatments are cheap.

Louise continued, “With the travel and lodging expenses for weeks or months on top, we see a massive bill of up to £ 500,000.

“We’re still waiting for more tests to decide what to apply for and what the total cost is, but we know it will be Germany or the US as they are leaders in treating GBM.

“But while we wait, George had to start chemotherapy at the NHS immediately because GBM is so aggressive that we need to act now.”

George and his family now spend as much time together as possible

George and his family now spend as much time together as possible

And the family makes the most of the time they have together before the effects of George’s chemo hit.

“He’s fine now. He only started his chemotherapy last week, so we’re just trying to suppress activities that he can’t do much longer.

“We went to the beach and we really focused on spending quality time together as a family.

“George really wants to go to Legoland and Euro Disney, so we plan to do so when he feels good enough.

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“My oldest son, Jamie, knows what’s going on. He and George are very close, so it affects us all.

“Isabella knows George is sick, but she doesn’t understand the extent of his illness. We just try to keep everything as normal as possible.

“George is amazing, he was so brave at everything. He doesn’t say much, but I know he’s just trying to keep calm. We take it every day. “

Louise is now working with Brain Tumor Research to encourage the government to increase spending on GMB research.

George here with his siblings Jamie and Isabella

George here with his siblings Jamie and Isabella

“GMB is the most common tumor in adults, but incredibly rare in children. Yet only one percent of cancer funding is spent on research into the treatment of GMB, ”she said.

“But things can change so quickly. New vaccines are being made every day and we just hope that something can save him. “

Charlie Allsebrook, Community Development Manager at Brain Tumor Research, gave a dire outlook for this type of cancer.

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He said, “We are very sorry to hear of George’s diagnosis and feel the family pain that they cannot find effective treatments with the NHS to give him the best possible chance.

“Only 12 percent of brain cancer patients survive more than five years, compared to an average of 50 percent for all cancers.

“Brain cancer research funds scientists who work to find effective treatments and, ultimately, a cure so that patients and families don’t have to spend an extraordinary amount of money seeking breakthrough treatment abroad.”

To donate for George’s treatment abroad, go to uk.gofundme.com/f/GorgeousGeorgeOneBigFight

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