AT NOT even two years of age, Chloe Coss is fighting for her life.
Within 24 hours of presenting to Tamworth hospital on March 10 with what her parents thought was a vomiting bug, their world was turned upside down.
An ultrasound revealed internal bleeding and a tumour that was 7 centimetres by 10 centimetres on her kidney, which was also was full of blood.
After being flown by the Westpac Rescue Helicopter to John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle, Chloe had an MRI before emergency surgery to remove the tumour, kidney and ovary.
The MRI results revealed a further seven tumours on her brain. She was diagnosed with the very rare and aggressive cancer, Rhabdoid Meningloma Metastatic Cancer stage four – with just a 20 per cent chance of survival.
Chloe has since undergone 48 hours of straight chemotherapy through a tube, and had the kidney and tumour removed.
This is financially crippling for the family, unfortunately bills, rent and the cost of living doesn’t stop even when you have a critical ill child.Lisa Thomas
The prognosis means her parents Barry and Shiralee, sister Lexi, 6, and brother Noah, four months, are by Chloe’s side during her intensive treatment – away from work and home.
Chloe’s cousin Lisa Thomas has launched a gofundme page to raise money for the Tamworth family.
“This is financially crippling for the family, unfortunately bills, rent and the cost of living doesn’t stop even when you have a critical ill child,” Mrs Thomas said on the gofundme page.
“That is why we are reaching out to the generosity of our communities to assist this beautiful family, so they can be with their little Chloe during the fight for her life.”
The family are all staying at the Ronald McDonald House in Newcastle – and they won’t know for at least the next four weeks if treatment has been successful.
“It’s going to be a long process,” Mrs Thomas told The Leader.
“It’s just heartbreaking.
“The family has had so much tragedy, and this is just another horrible thing.”
Mrs Thomas said the family had been bowled over by the support and generosity of the community.
The campaign is also asking for donations of phones for Chloe’s parents to better be able to communicate with family tracking Chloe’s journey, as well as an iPad to help distract Chloe during her treatment.
To donate, visit www.gofundme.com/help-our-little-chloe-fight