The family of a young Motherwell girl who was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor have raised more than £13,000 for charities helping her fight.

Brave Ladywell Primary School pupil Kara McInally’s journey began when she started suffering from intermittent headaches before Christmas last year.

Then, following a painful migraine, her mum and dad, Laura and Kevin, booked an eye appointment thinking she might need glasses, but the couple were shocked to find out that during the routine eye test, the optician discovered swelling in Kara’s optic nerve and required a quick referral. at optimology at Hairmyres Hospital.

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Within hours in Hairmyres, following a CT scan, the family were packing an overnight bag at Glasgow Children’s Hospital, where an MRI revealed a tumor requiring emergency surgery the next day to remove the mass of seven the brain of a child under one year old.

Shocked and scared, her parents turned to family and friends for support and were directed to the Brain Tumor Charity and Young Lives Versus Cancer who have been of great help to the McInallys over the past five months. .

Kara after surgery to remove her brain tumor

So much so that they decided to host a charity night at Hamilton Accies Football Club at the end of last month and were delighted and overwhelmed to have raised a total of £13,674.21 to be split equally between the two organisations. charities.

Mum Laura explained: “The last few months have been a whirlwind. It all happened in a matter of days! From an eye exam in Hairmyres with a fluid mass, then we were told we had to go to Glasgow and then that Kara had a brain tumor and needed surgery the next day. It was all very surreal.

“We didn’t know what to do or where to start with things like explaining what was happening to her, telling other people about it, and of course we also had to think things through and decide on the appropriate treatment for our daughter. It was just a minefield of information overload.

Kara McInally from Motherwell has spent the last few months in and out of hospital.

“Luckily we were told about Young Lives Versus Cancer and the Brain Tumor Charity who have been amazing with Kara and the whole family, helping us understand what is going on and even helping financially and giving Kara special gifts. also.

“For these reasons we decided to hold the charity event and we have been completely overwhelmed with the response, the donations, the prizes – everything was literally fantastic and we are delighted to be able to donate this sum to both organisations.”

After having her surgery, Kara and the family then moved to Manchester for six weeks earlier this year, where the pretty youngster underwent grueling 33 proton therapy sessions before ringing the bell to signal the end of that treatment and heading home at Motherwell for the next part of his journey.

The seven-year-old had to wear this mask as part of her 33 rounds of proton therapy in Manchester

Now the girl – dubbed a ‘sassy little girl’ – will start chemotherapy treatment this week in hopes of ridding her brain of the horrific disease.

Laura added: “Kara had surgery to remove the tumor before Christmas but in January after a biopsy they told us it was indeed cancer. From there we opted for proton treatment in Manchester as it is less invasive to his brain than radiotherapy treatment.

“She broke it and all of her treatments to date have gone according to plan – 33 proton sessions from Monday to Friday over six long weeks!

“Now although she needs chemotherapy, which will be given over the next few months and will be very difficult. We were told she would need our help a lot more with things like getting dressed and going. bathroom etc. of her independence will be taken this time around, but she is a soldier and stays positive throughout it all.

Kara rang the bell to signal the end of her proton therapy treatment. She will now start chemotherapy.

“At the end of Kara’s chemotherapy treatment, she will be monitored every few months for the rest of her life with doctors saying there is a 25% chance of relapse in the first five years – something on which we refuse to concentrate.

“We were also told there would be a lot more treatment risks this time around and in her future, such as blood clots, possible fertility issues, lifelong hair loss, but we’re not looking into that too much at the moment in fact Kara walks as usual and heads off to school.

“She’s an absolute little character, fighting bravely, as sassy as ever and we’re staying positive and supporting her through this journey in her young life. She’s our own little superwoman and we’re so proud of her.”

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