Hope for Doncaster girl with brain tumour

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 a glimmer of hope after a scan revealed the mass had shrunk by 30 per cent.

Little Lena Grabowski had been told she may have just years to live after being diagnosed with an extensive brainstem glioblastoma, discovered during a family trip to Poland in September.

But the family from Wheatley were told the tumour had shrunk dramatically when they received the results of a scan on Monday.

Lena, who attends Park Primary School, has endured months of gruelling chemotherapy and radiotherapy since her diagnosis in September.

The results mean the youngster will now have four months without treatment before having another scan, after which medics will decide what options are available.

Dad Krzysztof Grabowski said: “We really didn’t know what to expect. It really is the best news we could have hoped for. Lena’s mum was so happy she was crying.

“We still have a long way to go and we will have to see what happens at the next scan as it could grow again but this is the most positive news we have had.

“This means Lena will not have to have treatment for four months. We have been trying to keep things as normal as possible for her but we have been back and forth to hospital so this break mean Lena will be able to focus on family time and enjoying school.”

The results mean Lena will also be well enough to travel with her family to her native Poland to visit relatives.

The family faced a tough time over Christmas waiting for the test results but little Lena was given a magical Christmas to remember with a dream gift of a Labrador puppy called Lucy.

Krzysztof said: “Lena was so surprised, she wasn’t expecting it.”

The youngster 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 abroad – a highly-targeted type of radiotherapy. But the family were left devastated after medics said she was not a suitable candidate.

The family are hoping to use the cash they are able to raise to pay for alternative treatment later this year.

So far £36,242 has been raised.