It took five months for Scottish doctors to carry out the first major test on the little girl. The girl and her mother were turned away by doctors ten times, saying it is just the flu. The mother had to beg for the doctors, so they would run a blood test on her. It turned out the 3-year-old girl had leukemia and would have had only 1-2 months to live without treatments.
A Hungarian family living in Scotland is caught up in a real nightmare, wrote BorsOnline.hu. After starting nursery, the little girl was constantly ill, which the doctors considered normal for a young child being in a new environment.
Little Lanarkshire girl with leukaemia turned away by doctors TEN times as frantic mum begged for helphttps://t.co/OL1xujTW9P
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“Ilona Zahorszki, said she asked at least 10 doctors for help before she took her little girl Theano abroad for tests. She was diagnosed with leukemia on New Year’s Day.”
Ilona fought desperately to get her checked out and find out what was wrong with her. The girl’s symptoms – including colds, ear and chest infections and belly ache – began last summer. However, the frequency of symptoms has increased and symptoms such as joint problems, urine infections, and tantrums have also occurred regularly. Finally, she was given Nurofen – a medicine which is available without prescription.
“I felt that there was a big problem, the child’s behaviour had changed completely. Before her illness, she was a very active, lively child.”
At one point the receptionist at the hospital asked Ilona: “Are you here again?” As if they were there for their wellness treatments at their own leisure.
Even arthritis, constipation and allergic reaction to antibiotics are believed to be possible symptoms of this deadly desease, wrote mirror.co.uk.
The little girl was too ill to stand on her feet after a while. The mother threatened and yelled at the Scottish doctor, who refused to carry out any serious tests – as did his colleagues. So, after several months, the general practitioner finally referred the little girl for a comprehensive check-up.
The comprehensive examination revealed that Theano has a rare form of leukemia. Chemotherapy treatment had to be started immediately because without it, the 3-year-old girl would only have had 1-2 months to live. Now that treatment has started “in time”, there is a good chance of survival.
The parents were so desperate that they had completely lost faith in the system and were considering taking the little girl abroad – to Hungary, where her mother is from, or to Greece, where her father is from – if they did not get the blood tests from the health service.
“We regret any instance where someone feels we have failed to provide the highest standard of care. We would encourage anyone to contact our patient affairs team if they wish to raise any concerns to allow them to be fully investigated”, said Dr David Watson, University Hospital Wishaw chief of nursing.
Now Mrs Zahorszki, urges other parents to follow their instincts and not allow their concerns to be dismissed by medics, wrote dailymail.co.uk.
Source: borsonline.hu, dailymail.co.uk, mirror.co.uk