Gold Coast mum forced to give birth after 'unthinkable' diagnosis: 'Loved by so many'

Photo: Elise had to undergo emergency brain surgery at 32 weeks pregnant. GoFundMe
Photo: Elise had to undergo emergency brain surgery at 32 weeks pregnant. GoFundMe 

Elise and Dylan Squillari are going through 'the unthinkable'.

The much-loved Gold Coast couple had been preparing to welcome their second child when their life turned upside down. 

Just over a week ago, Elise, who was 32-weeks pregnant, was admitted to Gold Coast Hospital with 'severe headaches'.

Photo: Elise had to deliver her baby early to start cancer treatment. GoFundMe
Photo: Elise had to deliver her baby early to start cancer treatment. GoFundMe 

Neurologists discovered multiple brain lesions that were causing life-threatening bleeding in her brain and doctors had to perform emergency brain surgery.

She was also given the devastating diagnosis - stage four metastatic melanoma.

"Elise's cancer is aggressive and the oncology team have told them that treatment will be life prolonging, not curative," said a friend on a fundraising campaign set up to help the young family. 

In order for Elise can start urgent immunotherapy treatment, her baby had to be delivered early at 33 weeks. 

"While bub is doing well, this is just the start of a very challenging time for Elise and Dylan," friend Olivia Smith continued. "Dylan will be unable to work for some time as he looks after Elise, their beautiful 3 year-old girl, Gigi, and their newborn baby boy, Romeo."

According to Olivia, Elise is 'not one to ask for help' and so she decided to set up the fundraiser to help two of her dearest friends 'loved by so many'.

Thousands of people have already rallied around the young family, with over $275,000 raised in a matter of days. 

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The funds will go towards helping Elise and Dylan with their loss of income, their new baby, bills, family support, donor breast milk, alternative therapies, and living expenses. 

In an update, Olivia thanked the community for their 'generosity, support and love'.

"We don't know what lies ahead for this beautiful family and every cent will make this incredibly hard journey a little bit easier," she wrote. 

Photo: The gold coast couple are 'loved by so many'.
Photo: The gold coast couple are 'loved by so many'. 

"The more we raise, the more relief and support we can provide Dylan and Elise and allow them to focus on what's important right now – Elise's fight for life, their children and their family."