Young boy still waiting for surgery in US

MARYVALE boy Angus Bowles has had his surgery in the United States delayed.

Angus was due to undergo surgery for the rare Pallister-Hall syndrome in Texas on Friday (Australian time) last week to shrink a benign tumour.

But a blood clot appeared the morning of the surgery and doctors were uncomfortable proceeding until further tests were done.

Tests have since been carried out and the surgery has been rescheduled for Thursday night Australian time.

Publican at Maryvale's Crown Hotel, Dennis Reynolds, said he had spoken to the family yesterday.

"The family are a bit disappointed that it couldn't go ahead because they've waited so long, and then it's been delayed at the last second," Mr Reynolds said.

"I think they really just wanted to get it over and done with and out the way.

"But they're still in good spirits and looking forward to hopefully getting it out the way on Thursday."

Mr Reynolds has developed a close bond with Angus and said he would desperately await news on Thursday night.

"Hell yeah I hope it goes well," Mr Reynolds said.

"It's just sad it couldn't happen last week."

An abnormal growth of the brain, called a hypothalamic hamartoma is characteristic of Pallister-Hall syndrome.

These can lead to seizures that can be life-threatening.

The Bowles family left for Texas on Saturday, May 9 and arrived in Texas on Sunday, May 10 Australian time.

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