BRAVE BRAXTON: Four-year-old Braxton Rayner, pictured with parents Clinton and Kirsten, will undergo surgery on Wednesday.
BRAVE BRAXTON: Four-year-old Braxton Rayner, pictured with parents Clinton and Kirsten, will undergo surgery on Wednesday. Contributed

Toddler faces risky brain surgery in Sydney

AT JUST four years old, Braxton Rayner has overcome more challenges than many adults.

In October 2013, Braxton was diagnosed with a a brain tumour.

Despite the tumour being initially declared 'inoperable', Sydney surgeon Dr Charlie Teo was able to perform a delicate surgery in November 2014 to remove 90% of the tumour.

This Wednesday, Braxton will undergo surgery to remove part of the tumour on the left side of his brain behind his ear.

"The surgery in November was very risky; the tumour sits around the brain stem, which functions your whole body," Braxton's mother Kirsten said.

"He had to re-learn to walk and talk and swallow and everything.

"Anything around the brain stem is very risky and you just don't know, but it's a risk we had to take."

Braxton Rayner and his doctor Charlie Teo.
Braxton Rayner and his doctor Charlie Teo.

She said that when Dr Teo operated in November, the surgery was so risky that one wrong move could have turned Braxton into a "vegetable".

"This surgery is a different area, which affects memory, and there's a risk that it might affect the left side of his body," she said.

"You get told everything, so you do expect it, but when you see it in front of you it's a whole different experience.

"Even though the risks are different, it's just as scary."

With Braxton due to begin Prep at Dalby South State School next year, Kirsten and Braxton's father Clinton decided to schedule this surgery sooner rather than later in order to give their son plenty of time to recover.

While the family had previously held fundraisers to assist with medical expenses, Kirsten said they had decided not to accept donations this time.

"A lot of the Dalby and Toowoomba community, and businesses around town fundraised and donated and this time we are very lucky and had some of the fundraised money left over," she said.

"I know there are other people are going through similar things so I'd rather the people that need the help get the help.

"We just want to say a big thank you to everybody that cares for Braxton; Dalby has always been behind us.

"If we lived in a bigger city we probably wouldn't get this amount of support, but the small country towns really come together at tough times like this."


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