The family of a Morley toddler has praised surgeons at a world famous children’s hospital for the “brilliant” care they gave her.
Alicia Grailey, now 21 months old, was born with a birth mark on her nose which “grew and grew”.
Mum Lisa Ramsden said: “It was very stressful, we just didn’t know what was happening. She could have bled to death.”
After going to their GP, Alicia was referred to Dewsbury and District Hospital and later Leeds General Infirmary –but neither could treat the non-cancerous vascular hemangioma tumour.
Mum-of-three Mrs Ramsden, who works as a carer, said: “Alicia’s been brilliant but it was very scary for us.
“The doctors said it was basically a birth mark gone wrong.”
After several months of different treatments which Alicia didn’t respond to, a surgical team at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London said that it could remove some of Alicia’s tumour.
Mrs Ramsden said: “They were brilliant. They paid for our transport and put us up in a hotel.”
The family, including dad Andrew Grailey, will return in October to see if any more of the tumour needs removing.
In the meantime, Mr Grailey’s cousin Ashleigh Grailey has decided take part in the Great North Run in Newcastle on September 15 to raise money for the charity which runs the hospital.
The 22-year-old has taken on the challenge to show her gratitude to the medics.
She said: “They were fab. They’ve really looked after Alicia.”
Visit www.justgiving.com/Ashleigh-Grailey to donate.