6st toddler, 3, faces race against time to find cure

A three-year-old boy who defeated a deadly brain tumour is in danger of losing his life again because he is putting on weight so quickly.

Freddie Hunt, from Yateley, Hampshire, weighs 5st 13lbs - but he cannot stop piling on the pounds because of his hypothalamic obesity.

It was triggered after an invasive operation that removed 90 per cent of the fist-sized tumour in his brain damaged a nerve, doctors believe.

The pioneering surgery in the US took place following the NHS' refusal to operate on Freddie, because he was deemed high risk. 

Just 20 days after going under the knife, his belly began to bloat. But now he is no longer able to walk on his own or even sit up after putting on more than three stone in just six months. 

Heartbreaking photos reveal how the last-resort cancer treatment has ended with the toddler, who is blind in one eye, now unhappy and sofa-bound.

Freddie Hunt, from Yateley, Hampshire, weighs 5st 13lbs - but he cannot stop piling on the pounds because of his hypothalamic obesity

Freddie Hunt, from Yateley, Hampshire, weighs 5st 13lbs - but he cannot stop piling on the pounds because of his hypothalamic obesity

It was triggered after an invasive operation that removed 90 per cent of the fist-sized tumour in his brain damaged a nerve, doctors believe

It was triggered after an invasive operation that removed 90 per cent of the fist-sized tumour in his brain damaged a nerve, doctors believe

Knowing the fat retained in his body is already putting a strain on his liver and heart, his parents are desperate for a cure. 

His mother Abi Hunt said: 'We’re going to need something quick for him, because he’s not going to be around at this time next year.

'We don’t have any options left. If the drugs we want are unlicensed we’ll try them, because we are going to lose him anyway if we don’t.

'He’s obviously got the fat on his liver and around his heart and things like that, and that’s no good for his little size. He’s too small for his body to take it.

'It’s really tough, you know, just because it’s a constant chain of trying to battle all the time for him. 

'When you feel fed up, drained and heartbroken the last thing you want to do is to keep fighting to save your child’s life.'

Freddie, who flinches when touched and cries when lifted because of his sensitive skin, smiles when someone asks how he is doing.

Instead the toddler, who enjoys playing with his Peppa Pig toy and with his sister Holly, just replies with a timid 'good, thank you'.  

Just 20 days after going under the knife, his belly began to bloat. But now he is no longer able to walk on his own or even sit up after putting on more than three stone in just six months (pictured with his mother Abi, father David, and four-year-old sister Holly)

Just 20 days after going under the knife, his belly began to bloat. But now he is no longer able to walk on his own or even sit up after putting on more

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