Family hoping to secure life-saving operation for young son

An Irish family will jet out to the US today hoping to secure life-saving treatment for their four-year-old son.

Gavin Glynn from Co Wicklow was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer when he was just 17 months old.

His condition means he has tumours on the muscles attached to his bones and doctors say there is no treatment for him here.

A major fundraising campaign has been launched to collect the money needed to pay for the surgery in Texas - they are now just €50,000 away from their €350,000 target.

Those wishing to donate €4 can text "Gavin" to 50300.

Gavin's father John Glynn explained how the procedure will work.

"The treatment itself involves very large and lengthy surgery - anywhere between 12 and 14 hours," he said.

The two tumours in Gavin's pelvic region would be removed, and then surgeons would "basically flood his abdominal region with heated chemotherapy to 42 degrees, in the hope that it kills all the microscopic cells," he said.

"And then he'd be basically sewn back up."

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