Sep 26 2013 by Sophie McCoid, Skelmersdale Advertiser
BRAVE toddler Millie Heaton is recovering in hospital after the operation to remove the cancerous tumour in her stomach was hailed a success.
Two-year-old Millie underwent the 10-hour operation last Thursday at Alder Hey hospital, where surgeons were able to remove 99% of the tumour.
It was feared that Millie might have to lose her left kidney but doctors were able to save it.
However Millie did lose her adrenal gland at the top of her kidney, during the operation, which releases hormones in response to stress.
Millie has been unable to eat or drink since the operation but despite this doctors are happy with her progress.
Lyndsay Heaton, Millie’s mum, said: “Millie has had a bit of a rough time since the operation.
“She was in intensive care and on morphine to help with the pain relief immediately after the op.
“Her stomach was sore, her legs and face swelled up and her temperature was very high.
“She’s on a normal ward now though and is recovering but she’s still very quiet and sleepy; it’ll be a while until she’s back to normal.
“I’d like to thank everyone for their messages of kind words and support.”
Millie is suffering from stage four neuroblastoma, a childhood cancer which began as a tumour in her stomach and spread to her bone marrow.
Following the removal of the tumour, Millie will undergo a course of intensive TVD chemotherapy which will hopefully remove the last of the cancer from her bone marrow.
And once her bone marrow is clear, Millie will be able to have a stem cell transplant which will restore her bone marrow.
The Skelmersdale community has pulled together to help Millie over the past few months since she was diagnosed in February aged only 20 months.
There is a chance Millie will have to travel abroad for pioneering treatment if the chemotherapy is unsuccessful.
Her family is raising money to fund her cancer treatment and Millie’s just giving page is: www.justgiving.com/thenccaukmillierosejourney