The family of battling Laytown teenager Slav Vavro are in a race against time to raise the funds required for a vital operation in Austria which will see him avoid having to have his leg amputated.
The youngster faces losing part of his leg because of a tumour if he stays in Ireland but specialist treatment in Austria will not only save his leg but also his life.
In a race against time, the family need to raise €35,000 ahead of the operation which is scheduled for October 25th. Almost €16,000 had been raised by Sunday morning.
The 14 year old from Laytown, Co. Meath was diagnosed with a very rare type of stage four Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma in January 2018 and initial surgery incompletely removed the tumour on his foot, which has recurred.
The cancer lay undetected in the arch of his foot until it spread into his spine and bone marrow. After gruelling chemotherapy, the family was told that any further treatment would be palliative and not curative.
Efforts to get the required surgery in Ireland have failed but Slav’s mum Nadia has discovered a hospital in Vienna which has given her cause for optimism.
She told Meath Live, ‘The surgeon in Ireland said there was no other option but to amputate below the knee to make sure the cancer was removed.
‘However in Austria, they say they can remove the tumour with wide, clear margins to ensure it doesn’t return again and to perform a neuro-muscular reconstruction of his foot as well as the reconstruction of his vein..’
As of 3.30 today (Monday) the family were tantalisingly close to reaching their target.
Nadia revealed, ‘ We are up to €23k of the thirty five thousand we need, the operation is scheduled for October 27th but we have to pay for it in advance. we are amazed at the incredible response so far and we’re more hopeful than we were that we reach the target.’
The go fund me page can be found here.