A mother says she took her eight-year-old daughter to the GP five times with disabling back pain before being diagnosed with cancer.
Sharon Mcalister, 35, claims to have taken her daughter Kaiann under three general practitioners before the girl learned that she had acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
Rutherglen's mother of three, South Lanarkshire, knew that something was wrong when Kaiann developed a yellow skin, became irritable, and started complaining of severe back pain in early December. last year.
Ms. Mcalister claims that she was "searched" by doctors who considered her to be a muscular pain or a viral infection.
At the time of the diagnosis, on February 12, Kaiann needed morphine to relieve her pain and even learned that her spine was fractured and crumbling.
Kaiann is currently undergoing chemotherapy at the Royal Hospital for Children in Yorkhill, Glasgow, the doctors are optimistic, she will overcome the disease.
Kaiann Mcalister (photographed at the hospital) was reportedly taken to her GP five times before she was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. The youngster started fighting severe back pain and yellow skin at the end of last year. She is currently undergoing chemotherapy
In the photo before the diagnosis, Kaiann's mother, Sharon Mcalister, says she "felt" baffled by doctors who described her symptoms as muscle pain or a virus. She decided "that was enough" when Kaiann came out of school one day sobbing and leaned
Doctors are optimistic. Kaiann will defeat the disease. However, his mother said, "No child should live this". The girl is photographed with her father and mother, Mark Mcalister, and her brother Kalin (left) at the baptism of her 20-month-old brother Karsson.
Speaking of the state of health of her daughter, makeup artist Ms. Mcalister said, "If I could relieve Kaiann of the pain, I would do it.
"No child should go through that.
Kaiann began developing her symptoms at the end of last year. Ms. Mcalister also noted a change in her daughter's personality.
"She had started to be distant, alive and frightened by the pain," she says.
Ms. Mcalister refused to name the general practitioner's offices where she was taken, but claims that the young man was seen by a general practitioner three times, a second doctor once, then a third doctor, who l? returned to the hospital.
"I felt like I was getting fobbed. This was attributed to muscle pain or a virus, "she said.
Kaiann was getting very scared because she could not walk properly and she had spasms in her back that left her dying.
"She came out of school one day sobbing and leaned over and I told myself that" too much is too much ".
Mrs. Mcalister, mother of her two sons, Kalin and Karsson, then 17, 20 months old, did not wait for this appointment at the hospital and immediately took her daughter to the hospital. ;hospital.
A hospital consultant for children initially thought that Kaiann was suffering from osteoporosis, which weakens the bones, making them fragile and more likely to break.
"She had fractures and her spine was falling apart," said Mcalister.
After being referred for an appointment at the hospital, Ms. Mcalister decided to rush Kaiann (pictured with her younger brother before diagnosis) to A & E. Doctors thought she could suffer from pain. Osteoporosis until the boy collapses and that a scanner reveals that it is a cancer
WHAT IS ACUTE LYMPHOBLASTIC LEUKEMIA?
Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is a type of blood cancer that forms from young white blood cells in the bone marrow.
There are approximately 810 new cases in the UK each year. In the United States, ALL affects about 1.7 adults per 100,000.
Everyone can develop EVERYTHING, however, this mainly affects young people.
Many of the symptoms of ALL are vague and resemble those of the flu, such as:
- General weakness
- Frequent infections
- Easy bruising or bleeding, including nosebleeds, heavy periods and blood in the urine or stool
- Unexplained weight loss
- Bone or joint pain
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Feel full
- Skin paler than normal
The risks of developing an ALL include radiation exposure, smoking, being overweight and weakened immune system.
Research suggests that being breastfed and exposed to childhood infections could reduce a person's risk.
The main ALL treatment is chemotherapy. Patients may also receive radiation therapy, steroids or a bone marrow transplant.
Source: Cancer Research UK
Kaiann was sent home with the intention of sending an MRI in March to confirm her "osteoporosis".
But the girl collapsed that day and was admitted back to the children's hospital. A medical examination revealed to her that she was suffering from leukemia.
"I collapsed when I heard that, but I knew they were going to tell me about it as a cancer," Ms. Mcalister said.
The girl – who is losing her hair because of the chemo – plans to give her hair to the Little Princess Trust, which provides wigs to people under 24 who have lost their hair because of diseases like Cancer.
"It has been so difficult, but we will get there and my daughter will fight and get better," said Mcalister.
"Since the day of his birth, we are inseparable, glued together like glue.
"She is a mother's daughter and the most caring girl ever."
Ms. Mcalister is speaking to encourage other parents to trust their instincts if they know something is wrong.
"Not all children have the same symptoms, but please, if you feel that the doctors are not listening to you and that deep inside you feel that something is wrong, continue with them. harass them until they listen, "she said.
"Maybe it's the instinct of the mother, but we, the mothers, are usually right, so do not stop fighting to be seen."
Ms. Mcalister, married to Mark, a 33-year-old carpenter and electrician in the cable business, temporarily took a leave to care for Kaiann.
They are raising money to "ease some of the family's financial stress right now."