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FAMILY Dad Steve John, mum Vicki John, Sam John and brother Matt John. ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (13728-7)
FAMILY Dad Steve John, mum Vicki John, Sam John and brother Matt John. ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (13728-7)
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THE family of Sam John is celebrating after the NHS gave the green light for him to receive treatment in America.

The 16-year-old, from Albert Road in Fareham, has an inoperable brain tumour and needs to go to the US for life saving radiotherapy treatment.

Last night, the family had a phone call to confirm the news.

The family had been trying to raise at least £100,000 for the treatment and they had received a huge amount of support from the local community.

Dad Steven John, 44, said: ‘They are supporting Sam’s treatment in America which is a huge weight off our shoulders. They are going to help fund it to some extent.

‘We are certain that all the positivity that we have had from everyone we have met, from old friends to new friends to people we don’t know, has helped in their decision.

‘We have so many people that we need to thank.’

Sam has had an inoperable brain tumour since the age of nine.

For the past three years it had remained as it was but a scan found it had begun to grow again.

The NHS pays for children aged under 16 for this procedure, however as Sam turned 16 in January, he didn’t meet the criteria.