Help 5yr old Annabelle and her family get home to Perth
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My name is Georgina Hislop, I'm 19 years old and I live in Sydney And I've recently become aware of a desperate Perth family in Monterrey, Mexico with their seriously ill 5 yr old daughter Annabelle via a Gofundme page.
Annabelle was diagnosed 3 yrs ago in Perth with an inoperable brain tumor called Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG). After she was given 9 mths to live, her parents took her to Monterrey, Mexico to be treated with an experimental drug. In February scans showed almost no evidence of the tumour however in May the tumours returned, after surgery to put a shunt in her brain she fell into a coma and has been on life support since. The treatment itself has cost her family $300,000 (and they have sold their Perth home to pay for this) and are being charged $2,300 a day for life support a bill which has now reached $70,000.
They have made repeated applications to the Australian Government asking for help to get home with Annabelle and have been ignored.
As a family we have donated money to their Gofundme page but they need a lot more money than we are able to give.
I honestly cannot imagine the horror of being trapped in another country with your seriously ill child, unable to pay the hospital bills there or return home with her and have your government consistently ignore you. I'm sure most Australians can connect with this as parents including our prime minister.
Please Prime Minister Turnbull show Australia still cares and help this family bring their daughter home to Perth. This could just as easily have been your child or grandchild, and no one deserves to be in this situation. You have the ability to help so please show that Australia is still a caring and compassionate country, and help them return home.
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