Parents raise thousands for hospital treating toddler with brain tumour (From East London and West Essex Guardian Series)
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Epping couple Vicki and Cliff Alderson have raised thousands for Great Ormond Street Hospital
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The parents of a toddler suffering from a brain tumour have raised thousands of pounds to help a children’s hospital.
Almost five months ago Vicki and Cliff Alderson's two-year-old daughter Olivia had to be rushed to Great Ormond Street Hospital for emergency surgery.
Since then, Olivia has begun gruelling chemotherapy sessions and is taking on the challenge of learning to walk again.
Now the family, of Severns Field, Epping, say that they want to pay back the hospital which saved her life.
Twenty-nine-year-old Vicki said: “Olivia was diagnosed with hydrocephalus caused by a brain tumour on her Optic pathway.
“We were shocked when we got the news of her tumour as until a week before she was diagnosed she still appeared to be a normal two-year-old. During the next week she began to fall over and lose her balance so we took her to our local hospital.
"It was then they did an MRI scan that showed her tumour. We were rushed to Great Ormond Street hospital, thinking she would not be able to recover from this.
“She underwent brain surgery to insert a shunt to drain away excess fluid in her brain. The brain surgeons were wonderful. She is now having chemotherapy for 18 months to hopefully halt the growth of the tumour that cannot be operated on due to the location.
"We decided we wanted to raise money to give something back to such a wonderful hospital which, in our eyes, has saved our daughter’s life.”
Mr and Mrs Alderson recently handed £4,275 over to Great Ormond Street, which they managed to raise with friends and family through cake sales and the charity challenge Race for Kids at Battersea Park.
To follow their progress, or to make a donation, visit www.justgiving.com/Vicki-Alderson.
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