Doctor at James Paget Hospital appeals to public for fundraising help to save his young nephew from illness
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A doctor has started a fundraising campaign for his three-year old nephew who has been diagnosed with leukaemia.
Dino Maw, a haematology doctor at the James Paget University Hospital, in Gorleston, is looking for help to raise £200,000 to give Phone Myat Kyaw, who lives in Myanmar, a life-saving bone marrow transplant in Singapore.
Mr Maw described the health system in Myanmar as 'very basic', but he was able to help doctors in the east Asian nation give Phone the best chemotherapy treatment possible.
This was because Mr Maw was able to secure vital drugs from abroad.
The toddler was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia in April and has been undergoing chemotherapy treatment since then.
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Mr Maw said: 'After completion of treatment, he was gaining weight, and starting to become very talkative and active.
'Unfortunately last week we found out that his cancer is back on after a follow-up blood test.
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'I have actually looked at the blood film myself as I am a doctor looking after blood cancer.
'Since the cancer is back in such an early phase, the chances of his cancer being cured by chemotherapy alone is absolutely nothing.
'The only treatment is the bone marrow transplant which is not available in Myanmar.
'Because of this we cannot afford to take him abroad for such an intensive and advanced treatment. The doctors here are giving him milder treatment which cannot cure his disease, but only control it very gently.
'Without a stem cell transplant he might not have much longer.
'I am very upset to see him let go knowing that other countries treat such a condition with more advanced but expensive treatment.
As a result Mr Maw has started a JustGiving page in hope to raise the £200,000 to send him to Singapore where the treatment would be possible.
And his cause has been supported by nurses at both the James Paget and Norfolk and Norwich hospitals, the latter of which Mr Maw has also worked at. So far around £1,500 has been raised.
To donate to the cause visit www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/ChristineHavers
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