A seven-year old girl who was recently diagnosed with an incurable brain tumour has been reunited with her “soul mate” and twin brother after being separated for the first time.
Claudia Carrick, from Bootle, Merseyside, received the shock diagnosis at Alder Hey after becoming ill at school earlier this month.
She had developed a sore throat and difficulty swallowing on February 11 so her mother booked her in for a GP appointment.
Claudia had no other symptoms and was her “usual bubbly self”, before she fell ill later that day while at school, where teachers said she had lost her balance.
The seven-year-old was rushed to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital where doctors found fluid on her brain and an operation the next day revealed she had a brain tumour.
Due to the position of the tumour on the brain mum Alison was told it was inoperable and they would have to await the results of a biopsy.
On February 16, Alison and her mum Olwyn, were told the devastating news that the tumour – called Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) – was incurable.
Without treatment, Alison was told Claudia could have a month left to live or 9-12 months with radiotherapy.
An incredibly moving picture has now been shared of her finally being reunited with her twin brother Robin, who on Thursday was able to see her in Alder Hey.
A family friend said: “Robin and Claudia were both premature and have been soul mates ever since.
“They have been inseparable and are best friends.
“They both played on iPads which have been given to the family by local business owners.
“The support so far has been amazing.”
DIPG is an aggressive, fast growing type of brain cancer which most commonly affects children.
Clinical trials for DIPG at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, have been put on hold until 2022 due to the coronavirus pandemic, but doctors say this will be too late for Claudia.
The family are appealing for help in finding any other clinical trials that are available for this type of cancer to help prolong her life.
In the mean time, Claudia will undergo radiotherapy at Clatterbridge Hospital in Wirral, with doctors drawing up a treatment plan with the hope of starting for three weeks from Monday.