Family’s bid to bring gravely-ill baby Ryan Wright home to North Walsham from hospice
18:26 01 May 2013
The parents of little Ryan Wright, who is seriously ill with cancer, are hoping to bring him back to North Walsham tomorrow so that he can die at home.
Ryan, who is 21 months old, suffered a relapse last week of the rare childhood cancer neuroblastoma and is now with his family at the East Anglian Children’s Hospice in Quidenham.
Doctors at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, discovered last week that Ryan had an in-operable brain tumour after the little boy began screaming with pain and having seizures.
They told his parents, Hayley and Darren, that nothing more could be done for him. Ryan has had a shunt fitted in his head to drain fluid from the tumour.
“We only have a few days to a couple of weeks with him so would rather have him at home so he has his family with him when he dies,” said Mrs Wright.
“So far he is stable but has a chest infection and is on antibiotics and morphine for the pain. We’re hoping he is well enough to travel home on Thursday. It’s a very hard and emotional time for us all and we want him to be comfortable as possible.”
The little boy had been awake and had tried to play but the fits had impaired his co-ordination so that he could not hold up his head and was quite unsteady.
Ryan had undergone extensive treatment for the disease and, although his parents were warned the cancer was likely to return, they had hoped their son would have a year or two of ordinary family life with his two older brothers.
An 11th-hour variety show in Cromer on Monday night, organised by family friend and entertainer Ev Boothby, raised about £950 before overheads. The evening, first advertised on Saturday, saw magic, singing, dancing and comedy acts perform and it will be repeated in the next few weeks in North Walsham and Sheringham.
Mr Boothby said profits would go towards a fitting tribute to Ryan’s spirit and bravery.
Charlotte Rham, of the charity Families Against Neuroblastoma (Fan), which is supporting the Wrights, said they were still collecting money on Ryan’s behalf to pay for specialist treatment abroad.
Ms Rham said they would not give up the campaign unless the Wrights asked them to stop.
If the cash was not needed for Ryan, it would be used to help another child with the cancer, or go towards research into neuroblastoma.
In the past week about £7,000 worth of donations had poured in to the appeal.
■ To help, text RYAN87 and an amount between £1-£10 to 70070, or visit www.fanappeal.org/ryanwright <http://www.fanappeal.org/ryanwright>
Alternatively, send a cheque (payable to the Ryan Wright Appeal) to Families Against Neuroblastoma at Beach Terrace Road, Hunstanton, Norfolk PE36 5BQ or make a donation at any NatWest bank branch to account number 89534719 sort code 55-81-28 in the name of Ryan Wright.