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Amelia’s appeal reaches target

A fundraising appeal for a three-year-old girl has reached its £200,000 target in just three months.

The appeal was launched at the end of February to raise money for Amelia Saunders, who has been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour.

Her family, from Lower Earley, wanted to raise the money for her to receive experimental treatment in America.

The family were able to travel to the US at the end of March to begin the treatment after raising enough money for the first stage.

They now have enough money to continue the treatment in the UK.

Mr Saunders said on Amelia’s website: “We have met our £200,000 target! This is phenomenal news and it means that we can now continue Amelia’s treatment, if successful, for a good few years and get her on the road to recovery.

“We have all our fingers crossed that this will work. Amelia has had some complications with her Hickman line over the last few weeks and yesterday she unfortunately had to have it replaced – which is quite a major amount of work and she is now recovering from her general anaesthetic. She now has even more scars! She is doing well otherwise, and we’ll be resuming her treatment tonight.

“She is now walking by herself, her coordination and balance have all improved and her speech is much better. It looks like the treatment is definitely helping her.

“I am literally in tears typing this, you have all made our lives a little easier and given hope to our little girl to survive this terrible ordeal. You are all amazing.”


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