Dorset

Funeral held for Weymouth tumour surgery boy

Riley Baker
Image caption Riley Blaker received treatment to his inoperable brain tumour in February which, it was hoped, would prolong his life by one or two years

The funeral has been held for a five-year-old boy who received experimental treatment for an inoperable brain tumour in a bid to extend his life.

Riley Blaker, from Weymouth, underwent a 10-hour operation in February after £66,000 was donated from well wishers. He died in hospital last month.

More than 100 people attended the service at Weymouth Crematorium.

A special assembly was also held at Riley's school - St Nicholas and St Laurence.

Family, friends and nurses from Dorset County Hospital attended the private service.

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Media captionAfter an online fundraising campaign, Riley's parents got the £66,000 needed to pay for the experimental surgery in Bristol

Riley's mother, Adele, previously said the outpouring of support for her son had given the family "faith and strength".

It had been hoped the 10-hour operation to inject chemotherapy drugs directly into his tumour would allow him more time with his family.

The convection-enhanced delivery treatment - not available on the NHS - involved inserting tiny tubes to deliver chemotherapy drugs to the tumour.

Mrs Blaker said: "We honestly do remain so grateful for the fact we could give Riley every chance and the hope it gave us.

"The NHS care, particularly that provided by Dorset County Hospital, was faultless."

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