Next fight for Charlie Teo’s patient

By | June 19, 2019

A brave Australian girl who recently underwent radical surgery to remove the majority of a brain tumour has flown to Germany to again undergo radical treatments to hopefully improve her condition.

Amelia “Milli” Lucas, 12, from Perth, has flown to Bochum in western Germany to undergo brain surgery to remove the remaining 2 per cent of a malignant tumour in her brain, according to the Daily Mail.

She will also undergo four weeks of alternative treatments offered in the European country including chemotherapy and hyperthermia treatments.

Dr Charlie Teo took Milli on as a patient after other doctor’s refused to operate on her tumour, deeming it “too risky”.

Milli’s family raised the money to pay for the surgery through crowd-funding, and Australians, touched by the family’s story, donated more than $ 160,000 to help them pay for the surgery.

Dr Teo was able to remove 98 per cent of the tumour during the surgery at the start of June, calling it one of the more difficult surgeries he’d encountered throughout his career.

“It went into the brain stem, the no-go zone where most people don’t operate”, Dr Teo explained. He then referred little Milli’s case on to the specialists in Europe.

Milli’s mother, Monica Smirk, wrote on Facebook that the family would be leaving this weekend for Milli to begin the next phase of her treatment.

“We have some exciting news,” Ms Smirk wrote. “Milli starts her treatment in Germany on Monday. Flying out this weekend.”

Ms Smirk last week shared that she had received her own devastating blow, being rediagnosed with breast cancer.

Ms Smirk had previously been diagnosed with the disease three years ago, and at the time had a double mastectomy, and a hysterectomy.

Ms Smirk, Milli and other members of their family suffer from Li-Fraumeni syndrome, an extremely rare genetic disposition that puts the sufferer at a lifelong risk of a wide range of cancers.

The devastating disease is believe to affect less than 1000 people around the world.

Ms Smirk told The West Australian said she felt guilty about the possibility of having passed on the syndrome to her children.

“They’re such good kids They don’t deserve this.”

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