THE mother of a young boy who has inspired a huge fundraising campaign to help treat a rare brain tumour has said she feels she has got her son back after he began therapy in Mexico.

Luke Stewart, seven, travelled to Mexico with his family for treatment after he was diagnosed with the tumour, known as a Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG).

The family, from Tranent, faced a tough decision to travel abroad to access a specialist course of therapy, after treatment offered in the UK could not give any guarantees.

Mum Jennifer Ure Stewart and her husband Mark travelled to Monterrey Valle Oriente hospital in the country with Luke and his two brothers to undergo a course of intra-arterial chemotherapy treatment.

The treatment is being funded by a huge community campaign which raised more than £164,000 for the family and is still going on across East Lothian.

Speaking on TV from Mexico this week, Jennifer revealed the changes to Luke since he began the therapy had been astonishing.

She said: "Back home he was very tired, he could not walk for long periods or walk up the stairs.

"Now he is running. The improvement is incredible.

"We feel as though we have got our seven-year-old boy again."

The family face a long path, with Luke undergoing a series of treatments over the next month before returning home.

Once home he and mum Jennifer will make regular trips back to Mexico for follow-up therapy and they know the funds raised will run out in just a few months.

Jennifer said she was so grateful to the public for raising money to allow Luke to receive the specialist treatment which she believes could hold the cure for Luke and other children diagnosed with DIPG.

And she appealed to the community to keep fundraising to ensure they could continue the therapy in the months ahead.

She told Help Luke supporters: "A truly amazing amount has been raised over the last six months, we are eternally grateful to each and every one of you for helping to do this.

"The amount raised will keep Luke going until November and then we will run out of funds.

"Please keep sharing our story and doing all that you are to keep our boy on this treatment plan. It is at the moment our only hope to save our boy."

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