Operation success for battling Corey

Corey Ashcroft after his operation
Corey Ashcroft after his operation

The family of a youngster batting a rare form of cancer say his latest operation has been success and he could be out of hospital this weekend.

Corey Ashcroft, two, of Sagar Street, Eccleston was diagnosed with an aggressive form of neuroblastoma in April and since then he has been battling the condition with intensive chemotherapy at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.

However, he moved one step closer to receiving vital treatment in America after a seven-hour operation to remove a tumour in his abdomen last Thursday.

His mum Joanna and dad Craig Ashcroft have been at his bedside but auntie Julia White says they are keeping their fingers crossed that he could be out of hospital in a matter of days.

She said: “Every day he is improving and getting stronger. Obviously the first couple of days were stressful but he is getting better now.

“It was quite an intensive operation with four surgeons working on him at one point but the doctors are very happy with how it went.

“The next stage is that he can build up enough strength to get some high dose of chemotherapy and he will be in isolation for a number of weeks.

“He will also have a stem cell transplant and radiotherapy after that so that he can travel to America in November.”

Corey’s family are trying to raise £250,000 to send him for specialist treatment in America and say they’re amazed to have broken through the £150,000 barrier.

“The amount just seems to be growing every week and it is a great source of support for the family that fellow parents and strangers want to raise money for Corey,” Julia added.

The latest fundraising activity in the area is a number of youth groups laying a mile of 10ps from the bridge at Eccleston St Marys Church to the bridge at Heskin on Sunday at 11am.

* Send your Corey stories to christopher.maguire@lep.co.uk