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Closed 17/01/2021

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£38,066
raised of £50,000 target by 801 supporters

    Weʼve raised £38,066 to raise funds for Ollie Leach's brain surgery in Istanbul.

    Memorial Bahcelievler Hastanesi, Istanbul, Turkey
    Funded on Sunday, 17th January 2021

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    Story

    The urgency of Ollie's operation has meant that we have had to take on considerable debt. Here is Ollie's story...

    Ollie is 18 and was an apprentice footballer at MK Dons having been signed when he was U13. During one training session back in February, when Ollie had been doing a lot of headers, he noticed that something didn't feel right with his vision. Ollie thought nothing of this until a couple of days later when he noticed that he was developing double vision when looking extreme right and left. The club immediately arranged an MRI scan and this is when we heard the devastating news that Ollie has a brain tumour.

    The tumour is situated in the centre of Ollie's brain. In order to discover the type of tumour, a biopsy is required but this procedure is extremely risky. For this reason we, as a family, decided to delay surgery and explore other options. We spent lockdown looking for alternative treatments, but also despairing as to know what is the right thing to do for Ollie.

    A chance conversation with a dear friend one day made us seek a second opinion from a private hospital in Istanbul, Turkey. My friend has family connections with the hospital and a member of her family has been treated there. So we sent the scans over and the hospital responded quickly with the news that Ollie's condition is very serious and the tumour must be removed surgically. We researched the hospital and, following conversations with the doctors and the personal recommendation, we decided that Ollie should proceed with the surgery at the Memorial Hospital, Bahcelievler Hastanesi. https://www.memorial.com.tr/en/hospitals/bahcelievler

    Everything is moving quickly now. We are flying out to Istanbul on Tuesday, 22 September and the operation should be taking place on Thursday. Ollie has prepared himself that this is the right course of action.

    Ollie has always impressed us with his resilience, bravery and positivity throughout his ordeal. One minute he was doing what he loves best - playing football and the next, he is flying to Istanbul for a delicate and dangerous operation which carries many risks. The private treatment is expensive, but we feel that this is the best and ultimately the only way forward. Please give what you can. We are Erika and Gordon (Ollie's mum and dad) and Jerome (Ollie's brother). Thank you.

    I will keep you posted.

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    • E LEACH3 months ago
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      E LEACH

      3 months ago

      I am posting this from Manchester. Ollie has had 2 weeks of proton beam therapy at the Christie Hospital. He has another 3 weeks to go. After the successful surgery in Istanbul, made possible by all your donations, Ollie only needs a low dose of proton beam. This is all the better for him and he is coping well. We talk often of our journey and the incredible support Ollie has received. Once this treatment is over, Ollie can start to resume his life and we can all look forward to a better, healthier 2021. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts

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    • E LEACH6 months ago
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      E LEACH

      6 months ago

      It was Ollie's 19th birthday last Friday and, as it has been 4 weeks since the operation, we had much to celebrate! Ollie continues to feel better and stronger every day. His eyesight is improving and the wound to the back of his head is healing well. We want to say again THANK YOU to everyone who has supported Ollie through his frightening ordeal. You have been amazing! Next step is radiotherapy or proton beam therapy which will start soon. Below is a photo of us and Filiz, our Turkish friend, who came with us to Istanbul and helped us so much

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    • E LEACH6 months ago
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      6 months ago

      We are getting ready to fly home tomorrow, time to reflect on the 13 days we have been here. A life changing experience. Ollie is absolutely on the road to recovery. Everyone at the Memorial Hospital has been amazing; the nurses especially and of course the neurosurgery team. Below is a photo of Professor Gokhan Bozkurt on the left and Mahmutbey, his first assistant. You can see how delighted they are with Ollie! None of this would have been possible without the huge support we have had from all of you at home. You have made this possible <3xx

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    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Dec 27, 2020

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      Anonymous

      Dec 15, 2020

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Dec 9, 2020

      Hope Ollie continues to get back to full health. This contribution is thanks to my friend who has been giving us Zumba throughout lockdown! Jane x

      £40.00

    • Spencer McCall

      Spencer McCall

      Nov 18, 2020

      £10.00

    • JB

      JB

      Nov 12, 2020

      Wishing you a successful recovery Ollie. Thank you for keeping me updated through out. Wishing you and your family best wishes for the future. JB

      £10.00

    • Samira Lenygon

      Samira Lenygon

      Nov 2, 2020

      Good luck! Stay strong! X

      £20.00

    • Glenda and George

      Glenda and George

      Oct 28, 2020

      Wishing you all the best with your recovery xx With George Rose's Nan and Partner xx

      £40.00

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