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Mum’s plea to save toddler son fighting aggressive cancer

BRAVE: Little J’ssiah Brown before treatment, left, and after, right.

A THREE-year-old boy is fighting for his life after the aggressive form of cancer doctors thought he had defeated returned.

The family of J’ssiah Brown, who has Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML), called on public assistance to help raise the funds for potentially life-saving private treatment of Proton beam therapy overseas.

According to the family, doctors are no longer willing to give any further treatment to fight the cancer due to the amount of deadly toxins J’ssiah has received over the past two years.

"Unfortunately the cancer has spread to J'ssiahs other leg and areas such as his lower spine and shoulder blade. This week he undertook another round of radiotherapy to ease the pain that the cancer causes," an update reads on Jssiah's GoFundMe page, which has a target of £150k.

"Despite this J'ssiah is still a happy boy and is trying his best to keep up with his brother and sister, although it is a major struggle. We are still raising funds in order for J'ssiah to be treated outside of the NHS."

The brave toddler was first diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia in June 2013 when he was one. After a four-month course of chemotherapy, the cancer continued to spread. The only chance of saving his life was a bone marrow transplant.

His brother Kyerell, seven, and sister Ashiya, six, both jumped at the chance to save their little brother’s life and Kyerell was found to be a perfect match.

The transplant, in April last year, was deemed a success until he started to reject the bone marrow and had to be put in a medically-induced coma at the Royal Marsden Hospital, in Sutton, Surrey.

After waking up, Doctors were confident that he had made a full recovery but his skin had become speckled due to liver failure while in the coma.

J'ssiah's mother, Jeanene Walters, from Camberwell in south London, explained: “His skin pigmented because his liver wasn't functioning. But it didn't matter. He was alive and that was a miracle.”

Doctors announced that J'ssiah's cancer had returned in March, when his mother noticed his body was covered in bruises.

Walters, J’ssiah’s full-time carer, said: “This time, they said there was nothing more they could do. J'ssiah had received too much chemotherapy in his short life and they feared he couldn't take any more.”

Doctors have warned the family that the young child has just four months to live.

Beating the odds the first time around, the family remain faithful that their miracle child can battle the disease a second. But further treatment is unavailable on the NHS.

The family said on their fundraising page: “We are hoping that the public will give this beautiful boy the help needed to get treatment and some fun time with his family.”

More details on how you can help can be found at: http://www.gofundme.com/qxwk4g

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