Ava, five years old, from Melbourne, diagnosed with neuroblastoma

Ava, was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, which is a rare and very aggressive form of childhood cancer

A disconsolate mother is struggling to keep her young daughter alive after being diagnosed with a rare tumor.

Leanne Shaw's two-year-old daughter, Ava, was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma, which is a very aggressive form of childhood cancer, in April.

Melbourne's mother, who was 33 weeks pregnant at the time, said she was devastated when doctors told her that Ava would need to undergo extensive chemotherapy.

Ava, was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, which is a rare and very aggressive form of childhood cancer

Ava, was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, which is a rare and very aggressive form of childhood cancer

Leanne Shaw (pictured) said she was devastated when doctors told her that Ava would need to undergo extensive chemotherapy

Leanne Shaw (pictured) said she was devastated when doctors told her that Ava would need to undergo extensive chemotherapy

Leanne Shaw (pictured) said she was devastated when doctors told her that Ava would need to undergo extensive chemotherapy

It required that Ava undergo extensive treatment, including chemotherapy to attack tumors

It required that Ava undergo extensive treatment, including chemotherapy to attack tumors

It required that Ava undergo extensive treatment, including chemotherapy to attack tumors

"She had been an absolutely perfect, happy and bubbly child until she was two years old," said Ms. Shaw.

"She had been an absolutely perfect child, happy and bubbly until she turned two," Shaw told Seven News.

The doctors initially told Ms. Shaw and her partner, James, that Ava had a viral infection. During a second visit, doctors said the child had a UTI and was prescribed antibiotics.

Soon after, Ms. Shaw said that Ava's temperature rose to 38 degrees and she was admitted to the hospital.

On April 5, Ava had a full-body MRI at the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne and two days later the doctors gave her parents the devastating news. An aggressive form of cancer had spread throughout his body.

Ava had a tumor the size of the liver that crushes her kidney, along with several other tumors in the bones, which caused the cancer to infect her bone marrow, blood and lymphatic system.

The deadly disease had even spread in the bones of his skull and in the sockets of his eyes.

On April 5, Ava had a full-body MRI at the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne and two days later doctors gave her parents the devastating news

On April 5, Ava had a full-body MRI at the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne and two days later doctors gave her parents the devastating news

On April 5, Ava had a full-body MRI at the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne and two days later doctors gave her parents the devastating news

He had a tumor the size of the liver that crushes his kidney, along with several other tumors in the bones

He had a tumor the size of the liver that crushes his kidney, along with several other tumors in the bones

He had a tumor the size of the liver that crushes his kidney, along with several other tumors in the bones

Neuroblastoma

  • Solid childhood common tumor that occurs between the ages of 0-5 years
  • A solid tumor that arises from particular nerve cells, which run through the abdomen and thorax into the skull
  • The most common site for the tumor to grow is in the abdomen
  • About 50% begins in the adrenal gland above the kidney
  • Neuroblastoma is a rare disease with approximately 40 children diagnosed each year in Australia
  • There is a chance that 1 in every 100,000 of a child suffers from neuroblastoma

The young family flew to New York for treatment after the launch of a GoFundMe page, which helped Ms. Shaw raise $ 300,000 to receive treatment.

Ava has undergone multiple surgeries and has removed and removed the ovaries.

Ava will not go into remission for another 14-18 months.

Ms. Shaw said she is doing everything possible to make sure her daughter is celebrating her fifth birthday.

"You will do anything to ensure that a child has the best chance of life," he told Seven News this weekend.

"We could not stay behind if this is their only chance to survive."

Ava has already had multiple surgeries and will not go into remission for another 14-18 months

Ava has already had multiple surgeries and will not go into remission for another 14-18 months

Ava has already had multiple surgeries and will not go into remission for another 14-18 months

Ms. Shaw said that she is doing everything possible so that her daughter (pictured) lives beyond the age of five.

Ms. Shaw said that she is doing everything possible so that her daughter (pictured) lives beyond the age of five.

Ms. Shaw said that she is doing everything possible so that her daughter (pictured) lives beyond the age of five.

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