a DEVASTATED mum is facing every parent’s worst nightmare after her “little princess” was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour.
Bubbly three-year-old Jaime Ella Howarth has been given little hope by doctors just weeks after the tumour was spotted in tests at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.
Her heartbroken mum Terri Howarth, of Barry Street, now wants to make Jaime Ella’s wishes come true and take her princess-mad little girl to Disneyland.
“Jaime Ella is a typical little girl. She loves princesses, butterflies and anything pink. She is my own princess. I want to make the next few months as happy as possible for her. She has seen adverts on television for Disneyland and really wants to see the fairy castle.
“It still hasn’t properly sunk in, but the fact she is so positive and bubbly is making it easier.”
Terri noticed something was wrong with Jaime Ella just before Christmas when she had a temperature. Her GP sent them to Burnley General who referred her to the Royal Blackburn Hospital as her temperature was rocketing. Doctors there thought the little girl had an inner ear infection and advised Terri to take her back in four weeks.
But Jaime Ella’s condition worsened and specialists at Manchester diagnosed a tumour after an MRI scan and blood tests.
“At first the specialists said she would need a minor operation to insert a shunt but soon after said the tumour was inoperable.
“I just didn’t know what to say. It is every parent’s nightmare but my family and friends have been brilliant. She doesn’t know what’s happening and is still really talkative and bubbly.”
The brave toddler has now started radiotherapy treatment at Christie Hospital which doctors say offers a less than one-in-10 chance of success.
Terri has taken time off from her job as a chef at the Higher Trapp Hotel, Simonstone, and wants to raise money for a dream holiday for Jaime Ella as well as other costs.
“She has put on a lot of weight because of her medication so we might need to buy her new clothes, and we may need to buy a new bed for her,” Terri added.
Jaime Ella attends Ightenhill Nursery School where staff and parents are organising a fund-raising event and Terri said other groups are planning more events.
“I just hope this can raise awareness of childhood cancers and help parents be aware of the symptoms. We have just got to stay positive now for Jaime Ella.”
Anyone wanting to help can call Terri’s friend Lindsay Gledhill on 01282 706226.