Brave Toddler Has Sight-Saving Surgery On Tumour

BarcroftTVPublished: December 16, 2016310 views
Published: December 16, 2016

A SICK baby who couldn't be left in daycare because of a huge birthmark on his eye has been flown to America for potentially sight-saving surgery - after waiting nearly a year-and-a-half for an NHS surgeon. THE parents of a baby suffering from a large growth over his eye that could blind him claim the NHS wait for treatment left them no option but to beg for help abroad. Seventeen-month-old Colby Ramos-Francis, was born with a small, heart-shaped birthmark over his eyelid but it quickly developed into a benign tumour that has continued to grow throughout his life. His parents say British doctors have been unable to treat the growth and they faced a long wait to have it surgically removed. On top of that Colby has been banned from several daycare centres because of the risk of his growth weeping, leaving his mother Aimee Ramos-Price, 18, unable to seek work while she studies English at the Open University. This week the couple and their son flew to New York City for potentially sight-saving surgery, which has been offered to them free-of-charge thanks to the Little Baby Face Foundation (LBFF). There are now hopes Colby could gain vision in his right eye as early as February 13, with his family staying in the US to oversee the operation. Colby, who loves drawing and watching animals at the zoo, was born with a condition known as hemangioma, a self-involuting tumour, swelling or growth of the endothelial cells that line blood vessels.

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