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Parents desperately fundraising for baby's life-saving cancer treatment

Jacob Withers has an aggressive brain tumour Photo: ITV West Country

The parents of an 18-month-old boy who needs a life-saving operation have made an emotional appeal for the £150,000 needed for his treatment.

Jabob Withers needs specialist care only available in the United States to tackle an aggressive brain tumour.

Jacob has already undergone 12 rounds of chemo Credit: ITV West Country

The feeding tube is the only clue that Jacob is sick. He has already had surgery and 12 cycles of chemotherapy. Now he's on a cocktail of drugs.

But to give him the life so many others his age enjoy he needs what's known as Proton Beam Therapy or PBT, which means a trip to Amercia.

Jacob is due for more surgery soon Credit: ITV West Country

But that will take £150,000, money the family from Chippenham must rely on from total strangers through online donations.

It was money raised online which helped save the life of three-year-old Alexander Vinson. He's just been declared all clear after having PBT in America.

Alexander Vinson had treatment in America Credit: ITV West Country

Alexander's mother Lily, also from Wiltshire, is giving the Withers family hope:

Alexander had help from a charity, Kids n Cancer UK, who are also supporting Jacob and his parents.

It's founder is frustrated the treatment he needs isn't yet available here.