Baby with cancerous tumour engulfing her mouth is flown to London for treatment
A nine-month-old girl is being flown to the UK for treatment on a huge cancerous tumour engulfing her face.
Ainul Mardhiah Ahmad Safiuddin suffers from a germ cell tumour – a rare cancer of the mouth.
Her family, from Ayer Molek, in south-western Malacca State in Malaysia, desperately appealed for fundraising help to fly the adorable little girl to Britain for specialist treatment.
Now her father, 24-year-old Ahmad Safiuddin Ahmad Razak, has reportedly thanked all those who donated to their cause after finally raising enough cash to travel to the UK.
Two doctors from a private hospital in Malaysia will fly with the family to London where another medical expert will reportedly be waiting to greet them in London.
Razak did not confirm which London hospital his daughter will be treated in but he said flying could prove “risky” for his daughter because of her condition.
Images show how the cancerous tumour, which is rare and derived from germ cells, has almost completely enveloped Ainul's mouth.
She will undergo an MRI in London before a decision is made on how to proceed.
An MRI was carried out in Malaysia but was reportedly unclear.
It is not known whether her treatment will be paid for privately or on the NHS.
The baby girl's mum, Nurul Erwani Zaidi, also 24, said Ainul’s tumour had grown bigger despite the fact the youngster had been undergoing chemotherapy since the age of three months.
Zaidi said Ainul had become less active and could no longer move her tiny body.
Germ-cell tumours occur when cancer develops from germ cells outside of the ovaries or testicles.
These tumours typically occur in the ovaries or testicles because this is where germ cells are – however, germ cells can sometimes be left behind in other parts of the body during a baby's development in the womb.
Germ cell tumours outside of the ovaries and testis are often birth defects resulting from errors during the development of the embryo.
Treatment depends on the type of tumour a patient has. It may include chemo, radiotherapy, surgery or a combination of the three.
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