May 18 2013 Latest news:
BY LIZZIE PARRY
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
DOCTORS operating on brave Mason Fountain have managed to remove around half of the youngster’s brain tumour.
Seven-year-old Mason went into theatre at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge last Thursday where medics worked to remove as much of his “naughty lump” as possible.
Today the Gusford Primary School pupil is recovering in hospital but faces a tough journey back to health, mum Shelley Fountain told The Star.
Mason suffered a major seizure on Saturday – Shelley’s birthday – but was well enough to be moved out of intensive care on Monday.
“It was terrifying watching him fit,” said the mum-of-four. “It was the worst thing I have been through.
“They [doctors] have managed to remove about 50 per cent of the tumour – when we told Mason he smiled.
“Once he has got over this he should be treatment-free for around six to 12 months, which is great.”
But she said her son is facing a long road to recovery.
“He has lost all his vision in his right eye but he is stable now.
“He is really sleepy and his short term memory isn’t great.
“There is a chance he might have to go back into intensive care but we are hoping he will start feeling better soon.”
Mason was diagnosed with a brain tumour after complaining of nasty headaches in April 2010.
He faced a gruelling 20-month chemotherapy course before MRI scans earlier this year revealed the disease had spread again.
Facing no other option, devastated parents Shelley and Kevin Fountain gave doctors the go-ahead to operate.
Earlier this year Mason and his family set up his own charity, Mason’s Magic, to help grant wishes to other children with brain tumours.
On Saturday a fishing match is taking place at Stonham Barns Fishing Lakes in aid of the charity from 1pm to 7p costing £10 with prizes up for grabs.
Anyone interested in taking part should call Terry on 07985463142.
n To find out more visit www.masonsmagic.co.uk
n Send your messages to Mason – write to Your Letters, Ipswich Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail email@example.com