Hope for Niamh in UK trial

Niamh Power, eight, who suffers with a brain tumour pictured with her  favourite bear, Dave
Niamh Power, eight, who suffers with a brain tumour pictured with her favourite bear, Dave
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A BRAVE schoolgirl battling a recurring brain tumour – which could mean she has just months to live – has been accepted on to clinical trials in the UK.

Niamh Power’s parents say the news is a ‘little bit of light at the end of the tunnel’.

The eight-year-old’s family have been raising cash to send her to America for pioneering trials after doctors said there was nothing more that could be done in this country.

But after an appointment with a London specialist, Niamh has been accepted on to trials in the UK which are part-funded by the NHS.

She will hopefully begin treatment in the next fortnight.

Dad Simon, of Maltby, Rotherham, said: “We are relieved we have finally received some positive news and at last there is a little bit of light at the end of the tunnel.”

Niamh was diagnosed with a recurring brain tumour 18 months ago and has undergone operations and chemotherapy but the tumour keeps returning.

The family has been told trials in the US are still an option if those in the UK are not successful.

But a trip would cost more than £100,000 and so fundraising efforts by family and friends are still continuing.

Niamh’s parents, who have given up work to care for her, are also to use some of the £17,000 raised so far for her treatment in the UK.

n Visit www.hopeforniamh.co.uk to donate.