I was told my toddler just had an infection… but the truth was horrifying – my whole world stopped

A mother thought her toddler had an infection but was heartbroken when she received the shocking diagnosis.

Morgan Berry took her daughter Lillianna to the hospital on her third birthday after the tot’s breathing became rapid and his nose started bleeding.

Morgan Berry was heartbroken when she received the diagnosis on her daughter's third birthday


Morgan Berry was heartbroken when she received the diagnosis on her daughter’s third birthdayPhoto credit: MEN Media
Lillianna is being treated at Manchester Children's Hospital


Lillianna is being treated at Manchester Children’s HospitalPhoto credit: MEN Media

The 22-year-old had been concerned about the toddler’s breathing a week earlier, prompting a visit to the family doctor.

Morgan was told Lillianna had a bacterial infection and was to come back for a check-up in a few days.

But in less than 24 hours, the poor tot suffered a nosebleed and the concerned mother rushed Lillianna to the hospital.

Once again, they were told the patient had a bacterial infection – but Morgan listened to her mother’s instincts and took her daughter to another hospital.

“I knew something was wrong. I knew what she was like when she had a viral or bacterial infection and I knew it wasn’t normal,” she told the Manchester Evening News.

This second opinion sparked more testing as doctors feared Lillianna had sepsis and put her in a coma to fight the infection.

Morgan said: “You said she was a head scratcher; they didn’t understand why she felt so bad.

“They told me that she was not well and that I had to be strong. I was a mess at this point. I cried and thought, ‘Oh my god, what’s going to happen?’”

Eventually, specialists at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital discovered the cause of the infant’s pain.

On January 27th, Lillianna’s 3rd birthday, she was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia, a type of cancer that attacks monocyte or granulocyte cells.

The devastated mum said: “It was such a shock.

“We were heartbroken; we all cried. It’s hard to describe the feeling – it was like my whole world stopped and I couldn’t really process it.”

AML is a rare type of cancer with around 3,100 people diagnosed in the UK each year.

The risk of developing AML increases with age and is most common in people over 75.

The 22-year-old said she waited the longest 20 minutes of her life to speak to counselors after being diagnosed.

Lillianna was then taken to the cancer ward at Manchester Children’s Hospital to begin 10 days of chemotherapy in early February.

She is scheduled to visit the hospital again in a few weeks to see how the treatment is progressing.

There is a GoFundMe page set up to raise money for the family. It says: “I want to collect as much as possible to take some pressure and stress off Lillianna’s amazing mom and make her stay a little easier.

“This is understandably a heartbreaking and difficult time for Morgan and her family, any donation is more than appreciated! Thanks very much.”

A GoFundMe page has been set up to support the three-year-old's family


A GoFundMe page has been set up to support the three-year-old’s familyPhoto credit: MEN Media

help and support

There are organizations that offer information, advice and support if you or a family member has been diagnosed with AML.

Acute myeloid leukemia

Leukemia is cancer of the white blood cells. Acute leukemia means it progresses quickly and aggressively and usually requires immediate treatment.

Symptoms of AML usually develop over a few weeks and get worse over time.

Symptoms can include:

  • looks pale or “washed out”.
  • feeling tired or weak
  • breathlessness
  • frequent infections
  • unusual and frequent bruising or bleeding, such as B. bleeding gums or nosebleeds
  • Lose weight without trying

Seek medical advice

  • Talk to a family doctor if you or your child have possible symptoms of AML.
  • Although it is very unlikely that leukemia is the cause, these symptoms should be investigated.
  • If your GP thinks you may have leukemia, they will order blood tests to check your blood cells.
  • If the tests indicate there is a problem, you will be urgently referred to a blood disease specialist (haematologist) for further testing and treatment.

What causes AML?

It’s not exactly clear what causes AML, and in most cases there is no identifiable cause.

But some things can increase your risk of getting AML, including:

  • previous chemotherapy or radiation therapy
  • Exposure to very high levels of radiation (including previous radiation therapy treatment)
  • Smoking and other exposure to benzene, a chemical used in manufacturing and also found in cigarette smoke
  • have a blood disorder or some genetic disorders such as Down syndrome

https://www.the-sun.com/health/7435589/leukaemia-diagnosis-toddler-symptoms-treatment/ I was told my toddler just had an infection… but the truth was horrifying – my whole world stopped

Emma James

Emma James is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Emma James joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing emmajames@ustimespost.com.

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