'Best news ever': Coast girl's aggressive tumour update
IT broke our hearts when little Havana McGregor told her mother she thought she wasn't beautiful after losing her hair to a rare, aggressive cancer.
On August 22, the five-year-old was diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma: a tumour close to Havana's spine.
The heartbreaking news meant Havana and her mother Natasha were rushed to the Lady Cilento Children's Hospital in Brisbane for immediate chemotherapy treatment.
But after months of hospital stays, travelling back forth between the Coast and Brisbane, financial hardship and uncertainty, the family finally received some good news.
The family was told Havana's tumour was "non-enhancing", meaning most of the tumour was dead.
"The other side of the tumour is still there but it's not active," Ms McGregor said.
"I think of it like a shell, so you have the inside of the shell, and the outside is dead."
The tumour shell is now 5cm long, 4cm wide and 2cm deep, a significant difference to the once 10cm tumour that threatened to spread down her spine.
"This is the best news ever," Ms McGregor said.
"So, we will now finish off with the next six months in chemo to kill this shell.
"I will pray every night that this shell is demolished and be gone."
A GoFundMe page was created and raised more than $7000 to help with Havana's medical costs.