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Logan’s family in limbo as illness halts trial

Poorly: Logan North and his family are in limbo as his trial treatment has been temporarily stopped

Poorly: Logan North and his family are in limbo as his trial treatment has been temporarily stopped

Courageous Logan North has become so poorly after being struck by a life threatening virus that his cancer treatment has been temporarily stopped.

Logan, five, of Collins Road, Bamber Bridge, near Preston, who has Stage IV neuroblastoma, is currently taking part in a trial cancer treatment at Liverpool’s Alder Hey Hospital.

However, the toxic and powerful treatment has many side-effects and has made Logan quite ill.

As the treatment affects Logan’s immune system and makes him more susceptible to illness, he has now contracted a serious virus which made his liver stop working and blood pressure drop dangerously low.

As a result, doctors have stopped Logan’s trial while they give him antibiotics.

His parents Amanda and Ian say the family is now in limbo as they do not know if Logan will be able to carry on with the trial as the trial results could be affected by stopping it.

Amanda said: “Logan was really poorly and almost ended up in the high dependency unit because his liver stopped working and his blood pressure dropped so much and he had a really high temperatature.

“The problem is that the treatment he is having - and desperately needs - is very toxic and leaves him feeling very poorly.

“He is now 10 days into his trial so has had a lot of strong drugs which are very powerful for his little body.

“Logan is a lot better now but we are now in limbo as we don’t know if the rest of the trial will go ahead.

“We do not know if you are allowed to continue with the trial if it is stopped as it might not be a ‘true’ trial.

“We are waiting to talk to the people running the trial to see what the situation is and we just hope that Logan is allowed to carry on with the treatment.”

Logan is one of the first children in the country to take part in the immunotherapy trial treatment for neuroblastoma.

His family had initially launched a £250,000 fundraising campaign to send Logan to the US for the last stage of his treatment

However, their plans were cancelled after Logan missed the crucial time slot.

Luckily, the trial at Alder Hey began at just the right time for Logan and he was one of the first youngsters in the UK to be accepted on the trial.

The community are urged to carry on fundraising for Logan as he may need future treatment. If it is not needed, it will help other children with neuroblastoma.

 

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