Daniel Corzo Remigio from Queensland has been diagnosed with leukemia but the treatment is not covered by Medicare
- Amelia Corzo Remigio started a fundraiser for her son’s transplant
- The family said the surgery will be done even if they cannot afford it
A mother who launched a desperate bid to raise $500,000 for her son’s life-saving bone marrow transplant has been told the operation will go ahead even if she can’t afford it.
Amelia Corzo-Remigio, from Brisbane, had been trying to raise money for her son Daniel’s operation after the six-year-old was diagnosed with aggressive B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia in January last year.
Daniel underwent several rounds of chemotherapy and went into remission after the first phase of treatment.
But a scan in July this year revealed the cancer had returned and little Daniel was now fighting a race against time for a bone marrow transplant.
Amelia Corzo Remigio had been trying to raise money for her son Daniel’s operation after the six-year-old was diagnosed with aggressive B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia in January last year
Ms Corzo Remigio moved from Peru to Australia in 2018 with her husband and Daniel, when he was just 18 months old, and Daniel’s older brother.
Because they do not have a permanent residence, they do not have access to Medicare and their insurance does not cover the bone marrow transplant.
“The transplant is too expensive.” “Returning to Peru is not an option as the medical system is already overwhelmed and a delay could reduce Daniel’s chances of survival,” the mother wrote on a GoFundMe.
The fundraiser raised more than $136,000 in just over two weeks, but Daniel’s family was still more than $350,000 short.
Ms Corzo Remigio appealed to Queensland Health Minister Shannon Fentiman, who made the surprise announcement on Sunday evening that the operation would go ahead – regardless of whether the $500,000 was secured.
“While we encourage the community to donate if they can, Daniel’s family will not be asked to pay more than they can afford, either before or after the operation,” Ms Fentiman said.
“I would like to wish brave little Daniel good luck and a speedy recovery.”
Ms Corzo Remigio said she felt as if her “soul had returned to my body” after hearing the news.
“I am reassured that Daniel is receiving the care he needs to save his life,” she told the ABC.
Ms Corzo Remigio moved from Peru to Australia in 2018 with her husband and Daniel, when he was just 18 months old, and Daniel’s older brother (pictured together).
“We are eternally grateful for every donation… and for everyone’s work that has brought us to this point.” “We thank the Minister of Health… for taking the time to review our case.”
Ms Corzo Remigio moved to Australia with her family in 2018 to pursue a doctorate at the University of Queensland.
“Over the last five years, Australia has become my family’s home,” she said.
“We worked and built our lives here and are surrounded by a beautiful community.”
Last year, Ms Corzo Remigio completed her PhD and got a research position at Queensland University’s Sustainable Minerals Institute.
When launching the GoFundMe, the mother said she understood it was a “tremendous” amount of money.
“We believe that communities are stronger when they come together and that we can make a difference in a child’s life,” she said.
“Every dollar increases Daniel’s chances of survival!”