THIS heartbreaking photo shows a 5-year-old with cancer being comforted by her sister as she sits by her sick bowl.
Her parents Chris, 34, and Abigail, 33 from Ware, Hertfordshire, said the week in which she was diagnosed was “the most devastating” of their lives.
Arianna is currently undergoing an active treatment plan that includes rounds of chemotherapy every ten days.
Three-year-old sister Mya helps when she can, despite not understanding what is going on.
Chris’ dad said: ‘She knew that Arianna was unwell and needed to go to the hospital for medication, but she didn’t understand why we needed to go so often.
“One day when Arianna was sick, Mya just jumped up and brought her a bowl because she saw me and her mom doing it.
“She loves her sister, and she respects her very much.
“She always wanted to be with her, but when Arianna wasn’t here, her best friend went missing.”
Chris and Abigail, also Zara’s parents, initially attributed Arianna’s pain to the new bed.
Chris said: “In July, Arianna complained of a pain near her shoulder blades, but we only assumed it was muscle after buying her a new bed, after seeing her doctor. chiropractor, the pain has subsided.
“However in November the pain turned to her low back and it was clear that something was very wrong.”
Overnight, the pain became extremely severe for little Arianna and her temperature spiked to 40 degrees.
When doctors prescribed antibiotics for a possible kidney infection, Abigail sensed something was wrong and her maternal instincts kicked in.
She brought Arianna back to GP as well as A&E eight times in six days.
Chris said: “At A&E they are always busy and we were initially told there would be a seven hour wait to see the doctor but my wife insisted further tests would be done.
“After an ultrasound of her kidneys, the radiologist asked his colleague and my heart sank – I knew it wouldn’t be good news.
“They told us they found a tumor above her left kidney.
“Two days later we went to Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, where they determined that the tumor was on her adrenal gland, leading them to suspect she had neuroblastoma.”
Arianna was diagnosed with stage 4, high-risk neuroblastoma on November 19, 2021.
Cancer affects the surrounding 100 children a year in the UK, according to the NHS.
Nearly half of all neuroblastomas are the type that can come back despite aggressive treatment.
With just 67% of patients in the UK surviving for 5 years or more, neuroblastoma has the lowest survival rate of all childhood cancers.
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“With this type of diagnosis, we have a 40 to 50 percent chance of survival and a 60 percent chance of recurrence,” says Chris.
“In a week we found out our daughter had cancer, her survival rate has now dropped and she will now have to go on an aggressive treatment plan.
“It was the most devastating week of our lives.”
Arianna received six rounds of chemotherapy at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London.
As the brave girl went through her treatment, she was also delighted with the arrival of her soon-to-be third sister around her 6th birthday in March.
ONE GoFundMe was established to help the family fund the costs of Arianna’s care in the hospital, such as travel, hotels, and meals.
But they wrote on the page: “While these costs are still very high at the moment, it is likely that Arianna will need further treatment that is not being funded by the NHS.
“So that’s why the target has been given to a treatment Arianna may need in the US called a bivalent vaccine.”
The US-made divalent vaccine is thought to be able to significantly reduce the risk of recurrence in children with neuroblastoma.
It trains the immune system to identify and destroy neuroblastoma cells lurking in the body after chemotherapy.
The vaccine is currently being evaluated in clinical trials.
Chris said: “Great Ormond Street is a wonderful hospital with talented professionals but there are complementary treatments that can enhance her health. [Arianna’s] prognosis.
“We are very hopeful that Arianna will get through this, and that she will have NED (No Evidence of Disease) and at that point already have a ‘dual value vaccine’ that reduces the risk of the disease. Occur again periodically.”
Chris and Abigail needed $342,000 (£250k) for the procedure in New York.
Chris said: “Any money raised that is not used to take care of Arianna, we would like to donate to another family in a similar situation or to the various charities that have helped them in their lives. all the way.”
Arianna continues to laugh and smile and her love of superhero costumes, especially Wonder Woman, has given her strength during the hardest of days.
Chris said: “She was truly a gift; She is perfect in every way.
“It’s horrible that something like this could happen to someone with such a good heart.”
You can donate to Arianna’s GoFundMe on this link: https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-raise-funds-for-arianna
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