Bramhall Parents in Race Against Time to Raise Lifesaving Funds


The desperate parents of a little girl given months to live have made an emotional plea for help.
Isabella Ortiz, three, from Bramhall, was diagnosed with a terminal brain tumour in June last year and given 12 months to live.
Her parents Victor Ortiz and Assunta Trapanese, 39 and 42, were told there is no known cure and as the tumour grows their daughter will lose her mobility, speech, ability to eat and eventually she won’t be able to breathe for herself.
But they have been given a new hope by an experimental type of treatment available in Mexico that has met with some success.
And as Isabella continues to behave like a normal little girl, oblivious to her illness, her parents face a desperate race against time to raise the £350,000 necessary to try and save her life.
Isabella’s brain stem tumour, which has a diameter of around 6cm, is in the part of the brain that controls vital functions such as movement and the senses.
This means it cannot be removed as the risk of damage is too high.
The first sign of Isabella’s illness came in December 2016 when she developed a squint but it was only after a scan the following June that the cause was revealed to be so serious.
She is currently receiving chemotherapy and undergoing a clinical trial at Alder Hey Hospital. But it is unclear if this is working and in the meantime worrying signs – such as she has developed a limp – show her condition is progressing.
The treatment at Hospital Los Angeles, in Monterrey, Mexico, is a more experimental form of customised chemotherapy made possible by more relaxed medical rules in the country.
There are reports that three seriously-ill children have already improved dramatically through it, but it would cost £30,000 for each of the recommended 10 doses of treatment and these would be a month apart so require a stay in Mexico of nearly a year.
Victor said: “Children have been saved there. We are busy making memories but this gives us hope there is something out there that we can try to save Isabella’s life.”
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