Family wait to hear outcome of crucial tests

Mikayla Beames, six, with her mum Natasha. Picture: OX56565 David Fleming

Mikayla Beames, six, with her mum Natasha. Picture: OX56565 David Fleming Buy this photo

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THE family of a six-year-old girl struck down with brain cancer and blindness face an anxious wait for critical tests that will determine her future.

Mikayla Beames, of Chapel Way, Wantage, was diagnosed with a tumour two years ago when her eyesight began to fail. She fought back and endured frequent bouts of chemotherapy to stave off the life-threatening condition.

But in February the family will find out if Mikayla has Neurofibromatos, also known as NF1, a genetic disorder that causes tumours to grow in the nervous system.

It could mean that the little girl is forced to abandon chemotherapy due to her weakened condition.

Despite the uncertainty, mother Natasha said the family had enjoyed its happiest Christmas in years with a break from the almost constant bouts of treatment.

The youngster even had time to present the charity Clic Sargent with a cheque for £424 in December following a night of fundraising.

The money was raised by Mikayla during the Wantage Dickensian Evening over the Christmas period.

Mrs Beames said: “Now it is just a waiting game for us. We’ll see a consultant in February and go from there. If they tell us she has NF1 then we have some big decisions to make. She takes it all in her stride. She is a fighter.”

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