Brave toddler blind in one eye and facing losing sight in other as ‘inoperable’ cancer spreads across her brain.

Little Poppy Martin is desperate for ‘life-saving’ cancer surgery abroad after nearly 60 gruelling rounds of chemotherapy.

Little Poppy Martin is desperate for 'life-saving' cancer surgery abroad

A brave toddler is blind in one eye and facing sight loss in the other as an aggressive tumour spreads across her brain.

The two-year-old has lost all sight in her left eye after being diagnosed with the “evil” disease last July, when she was 16 months old.

The tumour is now growing towards her right eye – and is expected to affect her memory, speech and non-verbal communication.

Her devastated mum, Ellena Martin says she is on a race against time to fund treatment outside the UK that could help save her life.

The two-year-old has lost all sight in her left eye after being diagnosed with cancer last July

The 21-year-old single mother is aiming to raise £300,000 to fund the cancer surgery, travel and accommodation in the United States.

Poppy was diagnosed with cancer last year after Ellena noticed she was squinting and her eyes “looked a lot heavier than normal”.

She has since endured a heartbreaking 58 rounds of chemotherapy.

She has visited 10 different hospitals, but her mum says the family has been told the tumour is inoperable in Britain.

“On July 5 last year she had a cold and I noticed her eyes looked a lot heavier than normal,” said Ellena, from Whitstable, Kent.

“It turns out the pressure of the tumour was pushing her left eye forward and making her squint.

“I took her to the children’s centre at Kent and Canterbury Hospital, who referred us to the William Harvey where a specialist looked at Poppy’s eye with a torch.

“The doctor said she had an elevation behind her left eye. I didn’t know what it all meant.

“I assumed they meant a cyst or something, but the doctor looked at me and said ‘we’re not talking about a cyst’.”

Shortly after Poppy’s diagnosis, the youngster was referred to specialist cancer hospital The Royal Marsden, in London.

Ellena said: “Walking into the Royal Marsden was gobsmacking. We didn’t understand the extent of Poppy’s diagnosis at that point.

“We walked in and saw children with no hair and tubes attached to them. I thought ‘is this what Poppy has ahead of her’?”

The tumour was caused by genetic condition neurofibromatosis type 1, which means growth of nerve tissue is not properly controlled.

It causes usually non-cancerous tumours to grow along nerves.

It affects one in 3,000 births in Britain and often causes pale patches or soft bumps on the skin.

The condition has been associated with learning difficulties and, less often, a type of cancer called malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumours.

There is no cure to the cancer, caused by a genetic mutation, and treatment involves monitoring and treating problems as they occur.

Ellena said: “The tumour has already taken most of the sight in Poppy’s left eye and is now growing towards the right eye.

Ellena said: "The tumour has already taken most of the sight in Poppy's left eye and is now growing towards the right eye"

“It is sitting on Poppy’s right temporal lobe, which affects memory, speech and non-verbal communication.

“We no longer have time on our side before the tumour does yet more irreversible damage, so we need to act fast.

“We are desperately seeking help from doctors outside the UK who have more advanced treatments and are more specialised in surgery.

“This country can’t offer any more treatments that aren’t dangerously toxic.

“The two drugs we’ve been offered are both for adults.

Poppy would have to have them if the next scan shows it’s growing, and it would be a miracle if it’s not.”

She added: “Please help my little princess live a life free from this evil disease.”