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Family struggles to fund new treatment that could help Las Vegas boy battling brain tumor

Family raising money for experimental treatment
Posted at 10:19 PM, Sep 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-20 21:17:24-04

UPDATE: The family of Jacob Ramirez has found new hope when it comes to saving their 11-year-old boy.

13 Action News first spoke to Jacob back in September. Since then, his mother Tammi Ramirez said Jacob's condition had been a rollercoaster until doctors finally said they had done all they could more than two weeks ago.

"The doctors here have given up on him," Tammi Ramirez said.

Ramirez and her family have since turned to doctors in Mexico and Jacob has already undergone his first treatment.

"I left here crying and with no hope and when I got back from Mexico I had so much hope," Ramirez said.

Ramirez said before Jacob's first treatment the 11-year-old could barely talk, but now he is able to sound out several words.

The treatments Jacob is receiving cost about $15,000 each and Ramirez said her son may need anywhere from four to ten treatments to see full results.

Ramirez has turned to selling her furniture and the family is already packing their bags as they look to downsize to a less expensive home.

"I want to save him and I'll sell everything," Ramirez said.

The family has set up a GoFundMe page and PayPal account to cover expenses for the treatment.

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"I can't go to all the places that I used to like to go to," said Jacob Ramirez.

Family members say Jacob was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor in December of 2016.  After 30 rounds of radiation, doctors in the US have done all the can, according to relatives.

"It breaks my heart," said mom Tammi Ramirez.

Ramirez is determined to get her son help.  

"Juicing is the best thing for this," she said.

The mom of four is also fundraising for an expensive and experimental treatment in Germany.

"Other kids with the same brain tumor have had successful stories," she said.

The family has set up a GoFundMe page to cover expenses for the experimental treatment.

The Ramirez family is staying positive and hopeful.

""They say that 90 percent this," she said, "but we're for the 10 percent."