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Monday 11 December 2017

'Miracle' op for 
little hero Gavin (4) is successful

Little Gavin Glynn with his dad John in hospital in Houston, Texas
Little Gavin Glynn with his dad John in hospital in Houston, Texas

LITTLE 'superhero' Gavin Glynn's surgery in the US has been described as a "miracle".

THE brave four-year-old had cancerous tumours removed in a successful operation in Texas.

And his delighted parents, John and Jayne, have shared the happy news, saying this procedure could potentially save his life.

Gavin, who was diagnosed with the rare type of cancer rhabdomyosarcoma when he was just 17-months-old, is in Houston, Texas after the fundraising campaign launched by his family funded the ground-breaking treatment .

GRUELLING

The child, from Greystones in Co Wicklow, underwent a gruelling 12-hour operation which removed the tumours from his body without harming his organs.

The family thanked the public for their support after the €350,000 fundraising target of the My Boy campaign was 
last month reached within a week.

"We are in the ICU department now with Gavin. We are so happy to share some good news with everyone for a change," they said.

"The amazing surgeon Dr Hayes Jordan and her team were able to remove both tumours from Gavin's pelvis and also perform the HIPEC treatment as planned."

The innovative open surgery on Gavin's tumours is accompanied by heated chemotherapy as part of an eight-week course of treatment.

Doctors had warned his parents that the invasive procedure would mean Gavin's bladder and colon would have to be removed. It was expected that the Superman fan would have two permanent bags fitted as a result.

But the medical staff where able to remove the tumours without having to go near the bladder and colon.

"We really believe what has happened today is a miracle and it is down to everyone's prayers and positive thoughts being answered for Gavin and the medical team involved, for that we cannot thank everyone enough," his parents said.

"We still have a long road ahead in the coming days and weeks and months to make sure everything is gone for good but, for now, everyone should know how happy we are and it is all with your help, donations, support, prayers and positivity that our boy Gavin is with us today."

The Glynn family had looked worldwide for treatment for their little superhero after being told by Irish doctors that they could no longer help him.

The little boy was given just months to live but the family were inundated with offers of financial assistance.

aSTONISHING

The success of the surgery is all the more astonishing after the family received some bad news about their son's condition on arrival in the States.

In a previous update on a social networking site, dad John described how a MRI scan found that the tumours had increased in size since they left Dublin, causing his son some pain and discomfort.

After the crucial surgery, Gavin will spend the next week in intensive care recovering, and his parents will stay in the hospital round the clock.

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