Wishing for a magic cure

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AN entire estate is wishing for a magical Christmas miracle to save the life of a poverty-stricken child with cancer.

Four-year-old Linas Zibas was diagnosed with stage four neuoblastoma cancer in March and was given just a 30 per cent chance of survival.

But this week Linas is back in hospital after one of his kidneys failed – and doctors have discovered three new tumours.

The little boy’s tragic story has promoted a remarkable display of community spirit on Tinkers Bridge, where families have given every penny they can to help his struggling Lithuianian family.

Mum Neringa and dad Remigijus, who have three other children, are unable to claim full benefits due to their EU status.

Friend April Towell Rennie said: “They cannot work because one of them is always at Linas’ bedside while the other is caring for the children.

“It has been a terrible financial struggle for them.

“They can’t afford a car and just to get Linas to hospital in Oxford each time costs them £75 for a taxi.”

Neighbours on the estate and parents at Linas’ Little Tinkers nursery have already raised £1,000 with jumble sales and coffee mornings to help the family.

“We bought a trailer for the parents’ bicycle because Linas loved to be outside but is too weak to walk,” said April.

“Sadly the bicycle and trailer bar was stolen from their garden two weeks ago.”

“All we want to do is make this little boy’s life as happy as possible for however long he has left to live.

“We’re trying to buy toys and games he can play with in bed and organic fruit so his diet is as healthy as possible.”

Already residents have planted a Tree of Hope, a golden plum tree, outside the home of the fruit-loving tot.

They have also set up a fund-raising bank account and are urging people to give what they can to help.

“We are also asking people to join us in praying for a miracle,” said April.

> Donations can be made to Lloyds TSB account number 47039360, sort code 30-15-53, in the name of Linas Zibas.