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Doctors tell Northern Ireland brain tumour victim Kevin Carey that they can do no more

By Chris McCullough

A Northern Ireland man who was at the centre of a massive fundraising campaign after being diagnosed with brain cancer has been told his treatment has stopped working.

After battling serious illness for almost two years, Kevin Carey has been given the devastating news that doctors can do no more to help him.

The 35-year-old, from Portglenone, first fell ill when, on a trip to Portstewart in July 2015 with wife Natasha, he suffered a number of seizures.

A brain scan identified glioblastoma, an aggressive terminal brain tumour for which Kevin has already undergone surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy.

He was given just three months to live, but battled on to try and beat the diagnosis,

A campaign was set up to raise money for pioneering immunotherapy treatment, and more than £235,000 was raised in just 13 days.

Treatment started in August last year and was reported to be going well.

However, a post on the Kevin Carey's Fight Against Brain Tumour Facebook page at the weekend said the treatment had stopped working.

The message also confirmed his tumour had returned and "there was nothing that could stop it this time".

The post read: "In March, very suddenly, literally over the space of a few days, Kevin became very seriously unwell.

"We got an urgent scan, and received absolutely devastating news.

"Kevin's treatment has suddenly stopped working, the tumour is back again and there is nothing that can stop it this time.

"Kevin's medical team are devastated and as shocked as we are. Kevin was doing so incredibly well.

"Kevin is so strong, so calm and is comfortable.

"I am so proud of him, and we are being really brave in facing this devastating news and stage of Kevin's courageous fight.

"Please pray for Kevin that he doesn't suffer, and please pray for strength for him, his family, mine, and all those who love him. Please pray for all the brave souls fighting a brain tumour today, especially those reading this news.

"I know Kevin is a huge inspiration, and he wants you to keep going, to keep getting out of bed each day, to love, live and laugh, even when you don't feel like smiling.

"Thank you for all your love, prayers, company and support.

"I am so sorry to have to tell you this heart-breaking news. It has been so hard to take in.

"We respectfully please ask for some privacy for Kevin, his family, mine and his loved ones at this time whilst we come to terms. Thank you so much."

Doctors previously said that Kevin reacted well to treatment after receiving two important immunotherapy drugs via IV drips over five hours.

However, the latest news has devastated the thousands of people who have followed Kevin's fight for life.

More than 200 people responded to the weekend post on Facebook with messages of sympathy and support for Kevin and his family.

The post also received more than 1,000 likes and has been shared 90 times.

One Facebook user wrote: "There are no words. Such sad news. Certainly puts things in perspective. Heartbreaking for you all.

"Assuring you of our prayers and friendship and support. Continue to inspire us all. Praying for continued strength and courage for you all."

Another added: "Not the status any of us were wanting to read. Kevin you are an inspiration to us all. Where there is life there is hope. Keeping you and your family in my prayers!"

A third post praised Kevin's courage in the face of adversity, saying he had been "so strong and inspirational".

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