Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Cancer girl Sophie Roberts home after US surgery

Sophie Roberts at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York
Image caption Doctors believe Sophie Roberts has only a 30% chance of surviving the cancer

A two-year-old Hampshire girl has returned home from a potentially life-saving cancer operation in America, for which her parents raised £320,000.

Sophie Roberts from Church Crookham has a rare and aggressive form of liver and lung cancer, which surgeons said was not operable in the UK.

On 9 August she had surgery in New York to remove six tumours. She is now back home and awaiting further treatment.

The operations were funded through a charity campaign her parents launched.

Andrew and Ruth Roberts received donations from around the world and a feature on BBC South Today helped raise £60,000 in 24 hours, with one viewer anonymously donating £5,000.

Cancer spread

After three weeks in New York Sophie is now back home.

Mrs Roberts said: "She was quite quiet to start off with. It took her a couple of days really to readjust to being back at home.

"It was quite a difficult time for her in New York with two operations so close together.

"It took a good week for her to settle back into being herself again - her normal noisy self - but now she's doing really well.

"She's completely back to normal and being very cheeky."

Sophie's surgery at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York involved a separate operation on each lung.

She was diagnosed in June 2011 with liver cancer - Hepatoblastoma - which had spread to her lungs.

Her family were told she had only a 30% chance of survival but her best chance would be through the specialist surgery in the US.

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