Brave Luke could be home soon following brain surgery

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A brave youngster who has undergone potentially life-saving brain surgery, could be allowed to return home this week.

Four-year-old Luke Collins, from Holystone, was just seven-months-old when he was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour known as optic nerve glioma, that has already caused the youngster to become permanently blind.

Last week Luke underwent brain surgery at Liverpool’s Alder Hey Children’s Hospital to remove part of the tumour.

Speaking after the surgery, his mum Fiona said: “It’s a relief that the surgery is over and now the worry about the next steps has begun.

“Conor Mallucci, the surgeon, is my hero and I cannot thank him enough.

“Luke has done amazingly well and has recovered after a marathon of a dangerous operation and a very difficult recovery.

“Endocrinology are still involved as are neurologists, but hopefully we could be home this week.”

Following the surgery, it is hoped Luke will have follow up specialist radiotherapy, known as proton beam, that is only available in the United States, to shrink the remainder of the tumour which could not be removed in surgery.

The family are fundraising for Luke’s Life Long Labour, to help improve the brave little boy’s quality of life by providing equipment to help his visual impairment – and they have already raised more than £8,000.

Fiona added: “We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has donated to Luke’s Life Long Labour, and for all the good wishes people have given.”

To donate to Luke’s cause, visit or for any queries about fundraising ideas, email