A tough decision for parents of poorly tot

Tony, Stephanie and Myla Adams.
Tony, Stephanie and Myla Adams.

A mum whose daughter was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer has an impossible decision to make.

Myla Adams, two, has been given the green light to have a tumour on her eye treated by specialists in America.

Stephanie and Tony Adams with daughter Myla, who has been diagnosed with rare form of cancer

Stephanie and Tony Adams with daughter Myla, who has been diagnosed with rare form of cancer

But mum Stephanie, who is pregnant with her second child, is now faced with the complications of giving birth abroad or staying in the UK while her daughter undergoes treatment.

Mrs Adams, of Moorfield, Gildersome, said: “I want to be able to go with my husband and my daughter but if I have the baby there it will cost thousands and thousands of pounds so we are faced with a very difficult decision.

“We are trying as much as we can to be a family together – all together. It is one of the most difficult things we have ever faced and I don’t want our family to be apart. I don’t want to be away from my daughter while she is going through this.”

The revelation of Myla’s illness has plunged the family into money worries as they try to stay together in the face of a nightmarish situation.

The NHS agreed to pay for the family’s accommodation, flights and Myla’s treatment.

But as well the outgoings the family expected, such as cost of living, ongoing bills and mortgage payments at home, they could be faced with a host of expenses they had not bargained for.

Money from the NHS would not cover any medical bills if the baby was delivered in America. It also would not cover accommodation costs after the birth but before the baby is able to travel home, which the family fear could end being longer than they can afford.

Mrs Adams, 26, and husband Tony, 28, have both stopped work, as a dental nurse and electrician respectively, to take Myla for her treatment in Jacksonville, Florida, and have appealed for financial support to help with their costs.

Mrs Adams said the family’s world had been turned upside down in the two months since a doctor told her the lump on her daughter’s eye was a tumour pressing against her optic nerve.

“When went first took her in we did not expect anything like this to happen at all,” she said.

“It is just such a shock, your whole world comes crashing down in an instant. I didn’t catch much of what the doctor said after he said the word ‘tumour’.”

In Jacksonville Myla will receive proton beam therapy, a more precise alternative to radiotherapy that should result in fewer long-term side effects.

Visit crowdfunding.justgiving.com/mylasjourney to help.