A family’s world was turned upside down when their toddler’s “viral infection” turned out to be kidney cancer.
Two-year-old Jamie Clarke was rushed to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital by concerned mother Ashley Hughes, 21, after noticing a lump on the side of her stomach, the Liverpool Echo reports.
The doctor originally thought the youngster was suffering from a viral infection as his glands were also swollen, however concerned father Jamie, 24, took him back to hospital the next day.
Nan Angela Daniels, 31, from Kensington explained: “The next day his father noticed this lump again and he wasn’t happy so he took it back to Alder Hey.
“They said it was constipation and again it could be his glands. Ashley brought Jamie over to my house on Sunday and he didn’t look like himself.”
“He was very gray and white, he wasn’t sitting properly in his pram and he couldn’t really walk.”
Angela said that Jamie’s grandfather, Andrew, was also concerned after seeing the lump and took him back to Alder Hey.
After undergoing blood tests, the family was told that Jamie was anemic and kept him in the hospital overnight.
The results of other tests revealed that the two-year-old boy had an 11 cm by 8 cm tumor and also had polycystic cysts in his kidneys.
Angela said: “They didn’t know if it was benign or cancerous at the moment.”
Due to the number of cysts in her kidneys, Angela said doctors were concerned that a biopsy could cause them to rupture.
Angela said: “On January 7, he underwent an eight-hour operation to remove the tumor and the kidney.”
Doctors told Jamie’s family the devastating news that she had Wilms’ tumor, a type of kidney cancer that primarily affects children.
Angela said: “It was horrible. We always thought the worst. We knew it was a bad thing, but we didn’t realize how bad it was.”
“He doesn’t understand what he’s going through, I think that’s the hardest part. He has a good support network around him that he really has.”
“I think Ashley is still in shock and still pretty numb.”
The operation was successful in removing the tumour, but now Jamie must undergo six months of chemotherapy and radiotherapy at Alder Hey and Clatterbridge Cancer Center in Wirral.
Angela has set up a Gofundme page in hopes of raising enough money to take Jamie on a day off or vacation once her treatment is finished.
She hopes that sharing Jamie’s story will help raise awareness of childhood cancer and encourage others to “always go with their gut” and not be afraid to go back to the doctors if worried.
In a message on the Gofundme page, Angela said: “We thought we would try this to help us give our baby the day he deserves. He is our true superhero and I wish no one had to go through what we all have.” last”.
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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.