Beckton toddler to fly to Germany for cancer treatment

PUBLISHED: 16:15 21 August 2017

Maham Usman outside the West German Proton Therapy Centre in Essen (Picture: Tooba Usman)

Maham Usman outside the West German Proton Therapy Centre in Essen (Picture: Tooba Usman)

Tooba Usman

A Beckton toddler is set to receive potentially life-saving treatment on her brain tumour.

Three-year-old Maham Usman, of Bellflower Close, will fly to Germany this week for six weeks of proton beam therapy – treatment not yet available on the NHS.

She has returned from visiting doctors at the West German Proton Therapy Centre in Essen with her dad and grandmother for final checks last Wednesday.

Maham’s parents raised £54,000 in a crowdfunding campaign, but still need over £30,000 to cover her medical costs.

Maham was first diagnosed with medulloblastoma, a cancerous brain tumour affecting children, in January 2015.

She had yet to blow out her first birthday candles when she underwent eight months of chemotherapy and multiple brain surgeries at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Another operation followed in July when her cancer returned.

Manchester’s Christie hospital will be the first NHS unit to proton beam therapy, but not until August 2018.

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