A mother has recounted how heartbroken she was when she learned that her son’s cough and cold was a dangerous cancer.
Danielle Everson had noticed Kian was “really poor” before Christmas, but she thinks this was due to a winter bug.
His friends all had colds and Covid, with the six-year-old also suffering from severe weather.
His mother said he was very tired and pale, but she assumed he had picked up something from his friends.
Danielle then noticed Kian had red rashes all over his body on Christmas Day, and worried he might be infected. cancer.
The mother from Blackwood, Wales, told Wales Online: “He’s horribly pale but since he was kickboxing with his twin I just thought it might be because the boys were a bit rough violent with him.
“It was only when I noticed that he had tiny purple pins and needles all over his body that I thought I needed help.
“He was very tired. He had no energy and kept going back to bed,” Danielle said.
She eventually called a family member after searching the internet and confessed “I think Kian has cancer”, but was warned to “don’t believe everything you read on Google”. .
The local GP’s surgery was closed for Christmas so the mother called 111 and took him to the hospital.
Just two hours later Kian was diagnosed with Leukemiaand currently undergoing chemotherapy.
The youngster had early stage acute lymphoblastic leukemia, but it was detected early.
Doctors at the hospital praised Danielle for spotting the signs quickly and acting quickly.
“I’m not shocked by the news,” she said. It’s a mother’s instinct, isn’t it? Something happened.
“Of course it’s very sad news and not what we wanted to hear but we’re glad it was discovered early and we’re keeping our spirits up.”
Kian caught Covid and had to delay treatment, but he has now started chemotherapy again at Noah Ark Children’s Hospital in Cardiff.
Danielle added: “We’re taking it step by step and hopefully chemotherapy does its job and he responds well to it.
“He’s going to have chemotherapy for three years so it’s been a long process. It’s stressful. “
Acute lymphoblastic leukemia is a type of cancer that affects white blood cells in both adults and children.
It progresses quickly and aggressively and requires immediate treatment.
This type of cancer quite rare, with around 790 people diagnosed each year in the UK.
This is the most common type of leukemia in children, with boys being affected slightly more than girls.
Symptoms include pale skin, feeling tired and short of breath, night sweats, bone pain, purple rash, and repeated infections over a short period of time.
https://www.thesun.co.uk/health/17469900/coughing-cold-son-leukaemia/ I thought my son’s cough had subsided due to a cold but now he’s fighting an aggressive killer