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Seriously ill 4-year-old Gavin undergoes lifesaving cancer surgery in Texas

Doctors removed two tumours from Gavin Glynn in the pioneering surgery yesterday.

Gavin in his hospital bed
Gavin in his hospital bed
Image: Team Gavin Glynn via Facebook

A SERIOUSLY ILL 4-year-old Irish boy with a rare form of cancer whose family and friends raised more than €300,000 to help him has undergone major surgery in the US.

Doctors removed two tumours from Gavin Glynn’s pelvis yesterday and carried out pioneering treatment on him in surgery which lasted more than ten hours.

In a Facebook post, Gavin’s parents said they had been told beforehand that Gavin’s bladder and colon would have to be removed, but that the doctors had managed to perform the surgery without taking out his organs.

Gavin was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer which causes tumours of the muscles at just 17 months old. His family had been told there were no more treatment options available in Ireland and had started a massive fundraising campaign to travel to Texas for the treatment.

“We really believe what has happened today is a miracle and it is down to everyone’s prayers and positive thoughts being answered for Gavin and the medical team involved – for that we cannot thank everyone enough,” his family wrote on Facebook after the surgery.

10514698_693400094047086_8242913896139673874_n Source: Team Gavin Glynn

“We still have a long road ahead in the coming days and weeks and months to make sure everything is gone for good but for now everyone should know how happy we are and it is all with your help, donations, support”.

It is expected that Gavin will stay in intensive care at the hospital for at least one week.

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