Toddler with tumour turns to maverick surgeon
THEY'VE been told their son has an inoperable brain tumour.
But the parents of two-year-old Braxton Rayner are hoping to hear the best possible news as they fly to see high-profile Australian neurosurgeon Charles Teo AM in Sydney today.
Braxton's mother Kirsten Rayner said she was hoping the maverick surgeon could "do the impossible" and remove the toddler's tumour.
She said although Dr Teo had been characterised by detractors as a risk taker, he was known as a talented surgeon.
"At the end of the day it's up to us and we'll do what's best for Braxton," she said.
On the outside, Braxton looks like a normal two-year-old.
But above his spinal cord sits a malignant tumour that continues to grow.
"It's in the middle of his brain and is very difficult to operate on," Mrs Rayner said.
A phone call from Dr Teo's office gave the Rayners hope.
"He's done surgery on other patients with inoperable brain tumours before," Braxton's mother said.
If Dr Teo can't remove the tumour, Mrs Rayner hopes that he can undertake a biopsy.
That would help doctors choose the best treatment to attack the tumour.
Without a biopsy, it would take three to six months to find out if a treatment was effective.
The Rayners will find out what can be done today at 1.30pm.
Mrs Rayner said she would search the ends of the earth for treatment options for her son.
"We'll take Braxton down to Sydney or Melbourne if that's where he can get the best help; I'll do anything for my son," she said.
The level of support for the sick toddler has been widespread on the Darling Downs.
"Since we started up the Facebook page (Braxton's Fight) we've been inundated with messages and donations," Mrs Rayner said.
"I'm so grateful that everyone wants to help out."
While the family has health insurance, there is a large gap which to cover.
"We will pay for the best and if he can help Braxton, he's worth every single dollar," Mrs Rayner said.
Miraculous survival stories have kept the family positive.
"A guy came into Dalby just to tell me about his niece who is in remission and that has given me hope," she said.