Family fight for brain tumour treatment for Lena, four

Lena Grabowski, four, who is suffering from a brain tumour
Lena Grabowski, four, who is suffering from a brain tumour

The family of a four-year-old girl with an inoperable brain tumour have vowed to fight to find a cure despite medics estimating she may have just two years to live.

Little Lena Grabowski is undergoing radiotherapy and chemotherapy in Sheffield in a bid to shrink the extensive brainstem glioblastoma discovered during a family trip to Poland.

The Park Primary School pupil, from Wheatley, was visiting family with her parents when the 4cm brain tumour was diagnosed after the youngster had problems with her vision.

Parents Krzysztof Grabowski and Judyta Urban launched a fundraising mission to raise £75,000 to fund ground-breaking proton beam therapy – a highly-targeted type of radiotherapy.

But medics are now questioning whether the youngster would be a suitable candidate for the treatment.

Judyta said: “After consultation with many doctors we are coming up against the same thing – that all treatments at the moment that can be undertaken will extend the life of our child but not cure her.

“We have been told that our beloved daughter will live, in the best case scenario, one or two years from now.

“We have a long way to go and will continue in the relentless search for a cure – as any parent would. We live in hope that the prognosis is wrong and Lena lives a long full happy life.”

Since the fundraising page was launched, £35,514 has been raised and it is hoped proton therapy treatment may still be an option after treatment to shrink the tumour.

After reading about Lena’s plight in The Star the Proton Therapy Centre, which treated Ashya King who hit the headlines when his parents were detained for taking him abroad for treatment, have offered a helping hand.

The centre is contacting the family to see if treatment would be suitable.

Judyta added: “The pain we experience is indescribable.

“We would not wish this on our worst enemies.

“Ongoing treatment for Lena is chemotherapy and radiotherapy. This will be done over a six-week period. Due to this her body will weaken. After this, the therapy may be repeated.

“We hope she will be strong enough to make the best of the time she has left of her life and make her dreams and wishes come true.

“We just want our daughter to live the best life possible, happy and without pain over the coming days, months and years.

“Lena is our little ray of sunshine – the best daughter anyone could ask for.”

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