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Thousands raised for Bucks child's cancer treatment

The family are fundraising for a treatment only offered abroad.

Published by Scarlett Bawden-Gaul at 6:28am 15th June 2020. 3-minute read.

Thousands raised for Bucks child's cancer treatment

A Buckinghamshire family have been overwhelmed by the number of donations made to help their son.

Dean Mandabva is an 11 year old from Buckingham, who was diagnosed with a brain tumour last year.

The football lover plays for Moretonville Under 11s Rovers team, and both his parents are NHS nurses.

Dean Mandabva

In June 2019 he fell while playing football at school, his father David explains:

"He fell and had a big lump on his back.. And they say he passed out for just a few seconds. 

"We didn't suspect any serious was wrong, neither did the doctors. They saw us in A&E and discharged us. 

"I queried them, and asked if some scans could be done because the falls was quite nasty. The did assessments, not because they were wrong but to make sure we were all happy. 

"An MRI was scheduled for 4 weeks, but the following morning the GP called to say we needed to go to A&E for some CT scans. 

"We were called to a private room, and I started to wonder what was happened. In the private room they broke the news Dean had a tumour they could read quite well."

Dean was diagnosed with a tumour of the brain stem, which was inoperable and chemotherapy was not possible because of the brain blood barrier.

Radiotherapy was the only treatment available and 30 sessions were organised and started on the 3rd of July.

Dean's tumour went into remission, however, in February this year he began to complain of blurred vision.

At first the doctors thought nothing was wrong but by the end of February he was very sick and his parents brought him to hospital again. 

The tumour had returned more aggressive than before and it had spread.

David explains:

"They said they had reached the ability of their treatment, and they were going to discharge us to the hospice. 

"We went to see the hospice but Dean wasn't quite ready to go there so he didn't stay. 

"Up until now we are nursing him at home, but he has a bed at there ready.

"We have been searching for other treatments for him and found on available abroad in countries like Russia, Germany, the USA etc."

Dean Mandabva

Dendritic Cell Therapy, an immunotherapy treatment, is available to Dean In Spain, but needs to be paid for as it is private. 

Which is why a gofundme has been launched to raise the £50,000 needed for the treatment. 

David told Mix96 what this treatment could mean for Dean:

"He would be able to lead his normal life and hopefully go back to school. Be able to play football with his friends.... that would make the whole family happy."

So far over £45,000 has been raised for the treatment and the family have been "overwhelmed and humbled" by how generous people have been.

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