A devastated Perth mother who sought medical treatment for her daughter in Mexico says she misses the sound of her daughter’s voice as she lies in a month-long coma.
Annabelle Nguyen, five, has been in a coma for more than 40 days.
Her mother, Sandy, wrote on the Fighting DIPG with Annabelle Facebook page her little girl had not woken up.
“Six weeks, 41 days that you’ve been in a coma,” Ms Nguyen wrote.
“It’s getting harder and harder to see you on the damn hospital bed. You’re near but yet so far, I miss your beautiful voice, I miss you calling me ‘mummy, mummy’. I miss you so much baby.”
Annabelle was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2015 and was not expected to live past her fourth birthday.
Her parents, Sandy and Choong Nguyen, moved the five-year-old from Perth to Mexico for experimental treatment.
In February, they believed the treatment was working with no tumour activity recorded in Annabelle’s brain.
But earlier this month it was revealed the tumours had returned and Annabelle was placed in a coma.
Her parents are now appealing for help to bring her back to Perth.
Ms Nguyen added Annabelle’s tumour had grown after looking at scans earlier this week.
“My heart shrank when I heard the news but I couldn’t cry was I expecting that?” she wrote.
“Maybe not but I was also prepared.”
The family wants to go home “ASAP as time is crucial”.
The Nguyens estimate they need $290,000 to bring Annabelle home with them on an air ambulance flight and have started a GoFundMe page to raise money.
Ms Nguyen wrote on her own Facebook page on Wednesday she made honey-soy chicken wings – one of Annabelle’s favourite meals.
“I don’t know why I felt the urge… but when I made them, I felt very sad. I don’t know if I can ever make it again,” she wrote.
“My heart is very heavy I just want to roll myself in the blanket and cry but I can’t.
“I hardly cry since Annabelle been in a coma not because I love her less, not because I don’t care or have I ever expected this? Absolutely not. Not with Annabelle.”
Annabelle’s distressed mum has also reached out to the Australian government for help.
She told News Corp earlier this month the family “cannot afford everything” and were “completely out of money, bankrupt”.
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade told Yahoo7 it was providing consular assistance to an Australian family in Monterrey, Mexico.