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Further setback for battling baby Oscar as he is airlifted back to Addenbrooke's

PUBLISHED: 17:37 31 May 2018 | UPDATED: 18:06 31 May 2018

Oscar Crane-Rawlinson, pictured last month in hospital. Picture: Courtesy of Oscar's family

Oscar Crane-Rawlinson, pictured last month in hospital. Picture: Courtesy of Oscar's family

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A battling baby has suffered further setbacks in his recovery from cancer.

Oscar's aunt Nelly, centre, with Kia-May and Shelby at the fundraising event at The Edge Of Town – formerly The Prince Albert – pub in Park Road, Lowestoft. Picture: Mick HowesOscar's aunt Nelly, centre, with Kia-May and Shelby at the fundraising event at The Edge Of Town – formerly The Prince Albert – pub in Park Road, Lowestoft. Picture: Mick Howes

Just 48 hours after Oscar-Crane Rawlinson was allowed home for the first time in almost two months, the youngster had to be airlifted to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge after suffering “intense seizures.”

The battling 10-month-old had returned back to Lowestoft last Wednesday night, but he was transferred back to hospital on Saturday after fluid built up on his brain, causing the seizures and high temperatures.

As previously reported, Oscar’s parents Tessa Crane and Zac Rawlinson were faced with their worst nightmare in April after swelling on Oscar’s fontanel was found, and a subsequent CT scan at the James Paget University Hospital in Gorleston showed he had fluid around his brain.

An emergency trip to Addenbrooke’s followed, and in the early hours of April 4, the family was told a cancerous tumour had to be removed from Oscar’s head. Five operations followed, along with numerous complications that included soaring temperatures, increased blood levels, Norovirus and infections.

Oscar Crane-Rawlinson, pictured last month in hospital. Picture: Courtesy of Oscar's familyOscar Crane-Rawlinson, pictured last month in hospital. Picture: Courtesy of Oscar's family

Further trauma followed for the family, as Oscar was put into a coma over the weekend. It was initially feared that the shunt that had been previously fitted in his head had not been successful, causing the fluid build-up in the brain.

His parents said at the weekend: “Oscar’s scan has shown he has fluid build up on the outside of his brain again which has caused the intense seizures lasting over one hour.”

With the further treatment and medication, there was better news for the family as Oscar was breathing independently again on Tuesday. However, with fluctuating temperatures, the baby has remained in the paediatric intensive care unit (PICU) at Addenbrooke’s – although he has been out of his coma for the past few days.

With specialist equipment needed to aid his future development, a fundraising page was started to help raise money. The Helping Baby Oscar appeal was launched on the family’s behalf by friend Elaine High. With £1,500 having been raised on the GoFundMe page, the fundraising is set to continue to help Oscar’s recovery.

Fundraiser

A fundraising event to boost Oscar’s appeal has been hailed a success.

Lots of people turned out on Sunday, May 27 for the event at The Edge Of Town – formerly The Prince Albert – pub in Park Road, Lowestoft.

With music and entertainment from K J Kyle, a barbecue, raffle, tombola and auction including items such as an exercise bike and globe, the event attracted a good turnout.

Oscar’s aunt Nelly said: “I am overwhelmed with the support we have received – it is just amazing.

“Everyone has been superb. “We would like to thank the pub for organising it, as they have really gone out of their way to help.”

Maria Deacon, from The Edge Of Town, said: “It has been really amazing. The community spirit has been overwhelming as everyone has come together to do something positive.”

With £500 raised from the raffle, the final total is still being tallied as organisers from the pub added: “It was a great day.”

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