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Young pregnant mum undergoes emergency brain cancer surgery after shock discovery


Pregnant mum undergoes emergency brain surgery after shock cancer diagnosis that started with a seemingly-innocent symptom – but first doctors had to deliver her baby at just 33 weeks

  • Young pregnant mother in Queensland rushed into emergency brain surgery 
  • Elise Squillari, who was 32-weeks pregnant, had been suffering from headaches
  • She had to give birth immediately before starting  immunotherapy treatment

A young pregnant mother who had been suffering from headaches and rushed to hospital just over a week ago was shockingly told she needed to have emergency brain surgery.

Neurologists at Gold Coast University Hospital discovered multiple brain lesions when they examined Elise Squillari, who was 32-weeks pregnant.

The life-threatening bleeding in her brain was caused by a stage four metastatic melanoma – an extremely aggressive cancer.

Before Ms Squillari (pictured with Dylan and Gigi) could undergo urgent immunotherapy treatment, doctors would have to deliver her baby early at just 33 weeks

Before Ms Squillari (pictured with Dylan and Gigi) could undergo urgent immunotherapy treatment, doctors would have to deliver her baby early at just 33 weeks

Neurologists at Gold Coast University Hospital discovered multiple brain lesions when they examined Ms Squillari (pictured) who was 32-weeks pregnant

Neurologists at Gold Coast University Hospital discovered multiple brain lesions when they examined Ms Squillari (pictured) who was 32-weeks pregnant

But before Ms Squillari could undergo urgent immunotherapy treatment, doctors would have to deliver her baby early at just 33 weeks. 

Fortunately the procedure went to plan and baby Romeo is now is ‘doing well’.

But the hospital’s oncology team have told Ms Squillari her cancer treatment will be ‘life prolonging, not curative’.

Thousands of supporters from Queensland and across the globe have rallied behind the young mum, her husband Dylan and their three-year-old daughter, Gigi, after the ‘unthinkable’ ordeal.

A fundraiser set up by a family friend has now raised over $265,000.  

‘This is just the start of a very challenging time for Elise and Dylan,’ Gofundme organiser Olivia Smith said.

‘Dylan will be unable to work for some time as he looks after Elise.

‘The best way we can all help is to relieve this financial stress so Elise and Dylan can focus on what’s important right now – Elise’s health and their new baby.’ 

Young pregnant mother Elise Squillari (pictured with husband Dylan and their year-old daughter, Gigi) was admitted to hospital just over a week ago and told she needed to have emergency brain surgery

Young pregnant mother Elise Squillari (pictured with husband Dylan and their year-old daughter, Gigi) was admitted to hospital just over a week ago and told she needed to have emergency brain surgery

A fundraiser set up by a family friend has now raised over $265,000 for Ms Squillari and her family

A fundraiser set up by a family friend has now raised over $265,000 for Ms Squillari and her family

The funds raised here will go towards helping Elise and Dylan with their loss of income, as bills and living expenses start to pile up.

Part of the money will also go towards donor breastmilk for Romeo and alternative cancer therapies.  

Ms Smith said with more than 2,400 donors so far, it’s clear just how much people want to help this beautiful family. 

‘Thank you again for your generosity, support and love. I know it means so much to Dylan and Elise. What an incredible support network they have,’ she said.



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