'She kept me strong' mum praises young daughter who overcame malignant brain tumour
PUBLISHED: 12:39 02 June 2016 | UPDATED: 12:39 02 June 2016
She has now been in remission for 15 months
A young girl who was diagnosed with a rare brain tumour when she was just four years old has celebrated a 15 months remission.
Now aged six, Freya Bridle and her family have been treated to an all-expenses paid holiday after staff at the Fragrance Shop in Broadway Shopping Centre raised money for Rays of Sunshine Children’s Charity.
The charity grants wishes to children with serious illnesses.
Freya, who goes to Fosters Primary School in Welling, along with her family were treated to an all expenses paid trip to Centre Parcs, Longleat.
Her mother Kate Bridle, commented “it was nice for her to a little girl again”.
The 39-year-old said: “To be given a gift like that and not have to worry about paying for a holiday is a real treat.
“It took the burden off us and she really enjoyed it.”
Her daughter was first diagnosed with the brain tumour in 2014, when the six-year-old was suffering from regular headaches, and Ms Bridle noticed a slight change in her daughter’s face.
The change was due to the tumour pushing on nerves.
An MRI scan discovered a large tumour growing toward the back of her skull, which was believed to benign.
But five months after a successful operation, the tumour had grown back to almost its original size.
After a second operation, in which the little girl lost some her sight due to where the tumour was growing, a third operation was organised in October 2014, after doctors discovered the tumour had become malignant.
The mother of two said: “That was our worst fear.
“When you’re given a 30 per cent survival rate you just think to yourself you’re going to lose her.”
Ms Bridle praised the way her daughter coped with treatment, claiming that it was Freya that kept her strong.
After her treatment, the family went to Centre Parcs, and they recently returned to the Fragrance Shop to thank those that raised the money.