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A family has launched a desperate appeal to send their three-year-old son to America for cancer treatment.
Charlie Procter was diagnosed with a rare aggressive form of cancer called hepatoblastoma (stage 4 liver cancer) in 2016. Since then his parents, Amber and Ben, have desperately tried everything, but their options have run out.
They are now attempting to raise enough money to travel to Cincinnati to get Charlie treatment that the NHS doesn't provide. So far, they've raised nearly £25,000, but they're hoping to reach their £250,000 goal sooner rather than later.
Amber told TheLADbible: "Charlie is thin, my fingers wrap around the tops of his arms, he won't walk, he's not eating, he doesn't talk. He's sleeping all day every day. Time is precious. We need people's help.
"We are parents, parents who can't save our own baby, our only son, our daughter's big brother, our first born and our best friend. We are completely useless to him. It breaks our heart that two hard working parents have to beg people to help us save him. But we would do everything and anything. We need to.
"Please don't let my baby die."
In December 2015, Charlie stopped eating things that he enjoyed, became quiet, weak, tired and complained that his stomach hurt.
Amber and Ben took him to the doctor three times, but was sent away with a diagnosis of constipation.
By the end of January, his dad noticed visible veins on his chest and back. The doctors claimed that was because he 'was too hot'.
The thing is, parents know when something isn't right.
They rushed him to A&E where little Charlie was subjected to a variety of tests. They then received the news that a tumour had been found.
Amber continued: "Doctors have told us to expect the worst, with now a heartbreaking 20% chance of survival. His lungs are still full of tumors and he's still in need of liver transplant but they won't accept him with cancer in his lungs as it will spread to the new liver."
Come on, lads. Let's help this family. This little LAD of the Week needs us.
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