MPs call on Government to support two children receiving inoperable brain tumour treatment in Mexico
POLITICIANS have called on the Government to support two local children who are receiving treatment for an inoperable brain tumour.
Wirral South MP Alison McGovern and Birkenhead MP Frank Field met up with the Under Secretary of State for Health Lord O'Shaughnessy to talk about Lucy Moroney and Edie Molyneux who have both been diagnosed with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) - a rare and inoperable brain tumour.
Both the families of the brave young girls have had to fundraise more than £300,000 to get them specialist immunotherapy treatment in Mexico - something which is not available on the NHS.
Their families believe this treatment offers the best chance for them.
Lucy, 10, from Heswall, was diagnosed with DIPG in July and travelled over to Monterrey to receive the groundbreaking treatment.
Ms McGovern said: "I have met with both the parents of Lucy and Edie and their situation is heart-breaking.
"Receiving such a diagnosis is devastating and the families haven't only had to deal with this but they have also needed to fundraise to travel all the way to Mexico for treatment.
"They explained to me how hard this has been for them.
"Wirral people will have been following Lucy's and Edie's stories in the local media and I want to thank them for getting behind the fundraising efforts.
"I wanted to raise the issue of treatment for DIPG with the government.
"I believe it is really important the government look at this issue and I want the government to explore what can be done to help not just Lucy and Edie but other children facing the same situation."
Three-year-old Edie from Tranmere, was diagnosed DIPG last year and travelled to Mexico in January to receive IA chemotherapy and immunotherapy.
Edie's MP Mr Field said: "Alison and I have been so touched by the experiences of Edie, Lucy and their families.
"We are now really anxious, having shared those experiences with the Minister, to ensure the Government follows up our request for the NHS to contribute the remainder of the sums required to cover all the costs associated with their treatment.
"The contributions made so far by Wirral residents have been stunning.
"We now need the Government's efforts to be equally stunning in meeting what is left of the shortfall."
To donate to Lucy's Pineapple Fund please visit https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/lucy-pineapple
To donate to The Spider-Ede Appeal (for Edie) please visit https://www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/thebradleyloweryfoundation/spideredieWirral Globe