A six-year-old girl who was diagnosed with a terminal brain tumour after she started vomiting on New Year’s Eve has been “robbed of her childhood”.
Lily McKelvey has been given up to 12 months to live following the tragic diagnosis.
Medics discovered a mass in her brain after she began vomiting at the end of last year, Stoke Sentinel reported.
They identified it as a diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG).
DIPGs are rare tumours which develop in the brainstem, and the outcomes are often catastrophic.
Lily now faces 13 radiotherapy sessions before doctors will make a decision on which course of treatment will be best suited for her.
Now her family are raising money in a bid to fly her to New York for treatment which may prolong her life.
Her aunty Lucy Victoria recalled the day when Lily’s parents first took the six-year-old into hospital.
“It was New Year’s Eve and she started vomiting, that was everyday,” she said.
“Her parents had a few phone calls with the doctors and she did have a trip to the A&E because she wasn’t urinating so they were a bit concerned about that.
“They did some tests on her stomach and sent her home.
“They gave her some medication and they thought it might have been gastroenteritis.”
For the next ten days Lily continued to vomit, prompting her parents to contact a private doctor who told her to go back to A&E.
“She went there and they did a finger prick and noticed something wasn’t right,” Lucy continued.
“They did a blood test and then it was quite urgent from there.
“They rushed her for a CT scan straight away and they found the mass.
” They explained she has got a mass in her brain but they needed to do an MRI scan to confirm what it was.”
Lily’s parents Jack and Elizabeth, who live in Essex, are expecting a baby boy in June.
Despite the young girl’s ill health, she is excited to meet her little brother.
Lucy, 29, added: “We felt sick when we found out, we were in shock and couldn’t believe it.
“What makes it even worse is the fact that we are in this pandemic and I can’t even go around and give her a cuddle or play with her.
“She can’t go and play with her friends, she has been robbed of her childhood.
“We are all trying to remain really positive and we want to get her to America and raise these funds.
“The treatment in America can prolong her life so she will get to see her brother and spend time with her friends after this year, hopefully we can get out of the pandemic.”
The family are now trying to raise £370,000 for Lily’s treatment abroad.
They have been inundated with support from friends, family and strangers alike and have so far raised more than £80,000.
While they work to add to the total Lily continues her radiotherapy at Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge – a specialist hospital for children with brain tumours.
Lucy said: “The radiotherapy is making her really tired and the steroids are making her really hungry, other than that she is so smiley and happy.
“She is getting on with it and being really positive.
“As a family we are trying to be as positive as we can.
“The amount of support we have received has been amazing especially during these hard times where people have lost their jobs and we are so thankful for all the support.
“We are so grateful, the generosity of the public has been amazing.
“Her mum and dad go with her for her treatment. At the moment they are being hopeful, they don’t want a life without Lily, she’s their baby.
“Lily is very kind, always bubbly and laughing, she is a joy to be around and makes everybody smile.
“It would mean the world to us to get her to New York for the treatment. It means we would get longer with her and enjoy life.”