THE ‘Strength for Nigel’ Facebook page was jam-packed full of good wishes and crossed fingers throughout the day on Wednesday as 10-year-old Nigel Watson was undergoing surgery in a Pamplona Hospital.
Nigel, from Urbanisation La Marina, was diagnosed a few months ago with a rare tumour that has affected his brain stem.
Originally, it was believed that the very expensive treatment for such conditions was only available in the USA, but Nigel’s determined family and friends rallied around and after a chance meeting at a local event discovered a clinic in Pamplona that could potentially be the missing piece in the jigsaw.
With the treatment being closer to home, it would mean less stress on Nigel and the family without the logistics of travelling to America (although the serum used in the treatment has been sent from Texas), less expense and thus the fund raising could also be achieved quicker. So far, around €23,000 has been raised thanks to the generosity of the local people and a number of further events have been planned throughout the summer.
Three weeks ago, Nigel, his mum Jacqueline and his grandmother June flew up to the Clinica Universidad de Navarra in Pamplona for some initial discussions and tests and subsequently agreed that the pioneering surgery could take place.
Within hours of the operation brave Nigel’s mum told his Facebook followers that he’s awake, sitting up in bed and will remain in ICU for five to six days. The results of this trial operation will dictate Nigel’s future course of treatment.
If you’d like to contribute to Nigel’s treatment, the GoFundMe page is www.gofundme.com/nigels-brain-stem-glioma-treatment