Proud daddy, Kevin Barrett has revealed how medics were able to completely remove a tumour from his little girl after a life saving operation this week.
Kevin’s daughter Kari, who is just 18 months has been receiving treatment for neuroblastoma cancer, a cancer of the nervous system.
And on Tuesday she underwent a complicated surgery at Southampton Hospital.
Kevin and wife Lorraine were warned the chances of its success were 50/50.
However to their joy, Kari’s medical team were able to remove the tumour completely during the 13 hour operation.
Kevin exclaimed: “It’s a bloody relief. It was just mad to get that news. We weren’t expecting it at all.
“It had been made clear to us that it was almost impossible to remove all of the tumour. We had also been warned that any less than 12 hours meant there was a problem. That the longer they operated the better, as it meant more of the cancer was removed.”
“Almost every minute felt like an hour on Tuesday,” Kevin added. “When the surgeon Mr. Wheeler came to see us, his first words were ‘it’s fine, it’s fine.’ Lorraine asked how much of the tumour was removed and Dr. Wheeler smiled and said, ‘we got it all, all of it.’
“We were in shock for the first few seconds then we cried with happiness. It was crazy.”
Having been released from intensive care, Kari was admitted to the children’s ward on Thursday.
Though the surgery was a success it wasn’t without consequences. The brave little fighter lost a kidney and one and a half adrenal glands due to the surgery.
“It’s a small price,” said her ecstatic father, adding: “We can’t thank people enough for all their support. Everyone’s been great. Her brother Jamie is overjoyed and he will visit us in Southampton this week.
“We noticed ourselves that our walk is lighter and our tones are happier. For the first time since May we’ve been able to go to bed happy.”