Madi's brain cancer battle

Clare Negus, SOUND TELEGRAPHSound Telegraph

It has been a tough 16 months for 11-year-old Madi Molloy who is battling an aggressive form of brain cancer and will fly to Sydney next week for an appointment with renowned neurosurgeon Charlie Teo.

Madi was diagnosed with stage four glioblastoma in February last year and has had a golf-ball-sized tumour removed from her brain.

She has undergone six weeks of radiation treatment and 10 cycles of chemotherapy.

After an MRI in May showed Madi's tumours may be growing, the Secret Harbour family sent the scans to Dr Teo's office.

Madi's mother Natalie said the medical team at Princess Margaret Hospital had done everything they could for Madi and were unable to continue treatment - so the family reached out to Dr Teo.

"We've been sending Charlie's office Madi's scans and until now the feedback has been: 'Everything is OK, we don't need to do anything'," she said.

"When we sent these latest scans over we got an email back to please fly over and talk with him.

"They call him The Miracle Man and we hope that's what he is for us."

Mrs Molloy said Dr Teo wanted to confirm the tumours were growing before he put Madi under the knife.

"He's not 100 per cent positive it is tumour growth but if it is he'll operate the following day," Mrs Molloy said.

"I've never felt so positive leaving a doctor's office; we thought: 'Wow, he's an amazing man'."

She said Madi was "a trooper" who, despite losing some of her hair, continued to attend school and kept up with her dancing classes.

"Madi knows she's got a battle on her hands but she's amazing, she's my inspiration," she said.

A fundraiser has been set up to help cover the costs of Madi's treatment and ease the Molloy family's travel expenses.

To donate to Madi's fundraiser go to .

They call him The Miracle Man and we hope that's what he is for us. Natalie Molloy

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