Doctors thought baby had a cough – but it was a brain tumour – and now NHS won’t help

Jacob Withers was given medicine to treat a chesty cough in November 2015 after he started making “burbling” noises but just weeks later he began vomiting every time he ate or drank. The 18-month-old was later diagnosed with a grade three Glioma brain tumour. His parents were given the option of radiotherapy, but with Jacob being so young the side effects are a huge concern. Mrs Withers came across proton beam therapy, the latest form of radiation treatment which is less damaging to surrounding healthy organs and tissue. But her hopes of Jacob receiving the potentially life-saving treatment on the NHS were quickly dashed after Jacob’s oncologist said his type of tumour is not eligible for funding on the NHS.
Daily Express