COSTLY TREATMENT: Natasha Battistuzzi needs radiation treatment for a brain tumour.
COSTLY TREATMENT: Natasha Battistuzzi needs radiation treatment for a brain tumour. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Living on knife edge

THE road has not been easy for Natasha Battistuzzi.

Since the Express Examiner first met her, she has undergone surgery with Dr Charlie Teo to remove some of the brain tumour that is pressing on the main artery of her brain and the nerves of her left eye.

But Ms Battistuzzi's doctor has advised that she needs to continue with radiology to keep the fast-growing tumour at bay - a procedure that costs $26,000.

"I've been lucky to have had the money donated by a man who lost his wife to breast and secondary brain cancer," Ms Battistuzzi said.

"We still need to raise money for accommodation, flights and follow-up visits."

The procedure Ms Battistuzzi will be under

going is known as gamma knife radiation and is only performed at Macquarie University Hospital, Sydney.

It uses a specialised treatment machine designed to provide surgery to a highly defined target within the brain

"There is no space between my tumour and the nerves of my left eye," she said. "Gamma knife radiation will hit the one spot where the tumour is."

Ms Battistuzzi and her family have been very thankful for the support they have received from the community.

"Without the help of the Casino community, I would have not gotten the treatment I need," she said.

"Jackson Byrnes' family also donated $2000."

This is in reference to 18-year-old Jackson, who recently underwent brain tumour surgery after raising $80,000.

If you'd like to help Ms Battistuzzi receive her treatment, there are donation tins in various retail outlets.

Alternatively, join in the raffles every weekend - Thursday nights at the Royal Hotel, and Friday and Saturday nights at various pubs. Meat donations are made by Madsen Meats.

You can donate to the Greater, BSB 637 000, account 720831058.



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