Daughter's plea to save mum
MACLEAN High School student Anastasia Hill has made an emotional plea for the community to help save her mother's life.
In February, Ms Hill learned that her mother Sonya had been diagnosed with a tumour, the second diagnosis in three years.
"Her words were, 'I don't like telling you this over the phone' and I started crying because I knew what it meant."
Ms Hill instantly realised her family were about to relive the same nightmare.
In 2015, just ten days before Christmas, Sonya Hill was diagnosed with a rare tumour after complaining of headaches.
"It's usually only found in children and had been pressing on top of the spinal cord so there was a big risk with that surgery."
Ms Hill's mother had a full craniotomy to remove the first tumour, and, after a long, painful recovery, the Hill family assumed the worst was behind them.
However, Sonya's 12-month CT scan revealed a second tumour.
Located in the frontal lobe of the brain, Ms Hill said it was difficult to determine if this one was benign or cancerous.
"It's meant to be non-cancerous but because of where it's sitting they can't do a biopsy to be certain," Ms Hill said.
"They won't know until they get in there to remove it."
Ms Hill said Dr Charlie Teo will remove the tumour via keyhole surgery.
However, it comes with a significant price tag.
"It's going to cost between $50,000 - $100,000," Ms Hill said.
Despite being on private health insurance, Ms Hill said they would still need pay for the surgery, which has forced her mother to continue working fulltime in Sydney while Ms Hill remained in Maclean to finish her HSC.
"She's not well, but she needs to keep working to save up for the surgery," Ms Hill said.
"As much as I hate being away from her, she works at a doctor's surgery so at least I know medical help isn't far away if something happens."
Ms Hill and friend Michelle Michael-Pecora have setup a GoFundMe page in the hope that the community can help raise money for the surgery.
"My mum is the most amazing person and does not deserve this," Ms Hill said.
"She is an inspiration to everyone and is always there for anyone that needs a shoulder to cry on so now it's our turn to help her."
If you would like to donate, please visit their GoFundMe page HERE