Four-year-old Billie Bainbridge has an inoperable brain tumor. Her mother has breast cancer. It’s been a hard year for the Bainbridge family, who are from the UK.
Billie’s mum Terri is 40 and was diagnosed with breast cancer in February 2011, while Billie became ill in June of the same year.
Whilst Terri was undergoing chemotherapy, Billie started appearing unwell. She started to get unsteady on her feet, her eyes became droopy and it was hard for her to swallow. Billie’s speech also became slurred.
After a scan, Billie was diagnosed with a tumor on her brain stem called Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG). It is considered to be the worst type of brain cancer and has been described in medical circles as “the worst kind of tumor in the worst place”.
It is a rare illness; only 40 children are diagnosed with it per year in Britain. The cause is not known but it is not genetic. It’s an aggressive tumor and in a very delicate place. Too dangerous to operate on, due to the brain’s vital functions being located in the stem, the only option is to reduce it with radiotherapy.
The usual life expectancy for children with this kind of tumor is one to one and a half years. But Billie’s parents did some of their own research and have decided to pursue a pioneering treatment at the Burzynski Clinic in Texas for children with DIPG. This will cost £200,000.
Billie’s family does not have this kind of money but are engaging in a huge fundraising effort to enable her to have the .
Read Billie’s uncle’s article in the Guardian for more on this story.
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