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The mother of a five-year-old boy suffering from an aggressive ear growth is appealing to Havering residents for donations for a pioneering £10,000 operation.

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Milo Shackleton, of Bader Way, Rainham, has a non-cancerous mass called a cholesteatoma, which must be removed to save his hearing.

His family hopes to raise enough money through the Help Milo Hear fund for the private operation, which will involve blasting the growth with a laser.

They also hope his hearing bones can be repaired. An operation is available on the NHS, but that procedure has a 20 per cent risk of the rare growth coming back.

Milo’s mum Nicola, 30, received her son’s CT scan results on July 17 and has raised approximately £2,500 in the week since.

She said: “Milo is absolutely fine, but the growth is more aggressive in children than adults. He sometimes says, ‘I have got a poorly ear haven’t I’ and ‘Mummy I can’t hear and I have a earwig in my ear’, but most of the time he doesn’t notice.”

She found out about the operation through close friend Laura Kellegher, who we featured in the Recorder in May after her son Louis had the same operation.

Nicola first knew something was wrong when Milo, a pupil at Hornchurch’s R J Mitchell Primary School, was one year old and had constant ear infections.

After antibiotics were ineffective, Milo was finally referred for a biopsy and CT scan, when the growth was discovered.

Nicola, also mum to Bobby, seven, added: “Everyone has been so supportive, handing us £20 notes and Bobby has been making the kids at school buy the badges he has made.

“I want to give a massive thank you to everyone who’s helped us.”

Nicola is planning a range of fundraising events.

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/help milohear or www.gogetfunding.com/project/help-milo-hear.

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