Everyone believed that the bruises were because the girl was ‘clumsy’ and hit herself, no one imagined that they were the symptom of a fatal disease.
In memory of James O’Mara, the case that warned this mother and thanks to which he saved her daughter’s life
Laura Handley had read the sad news of the unexpected death of the young man of 13, from the same city in the outskirts of England, James O’Mara, who just 8 days after being diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia, lost his life.
But Laura, in addition to being shocked by the news, discovers that the young man’s symptoms were similar to the bruises or red spots on her daughter Tazmin.
So he understood that those marks were not for the stupidity of the girl, but could be something else, and luckily he decided to take off the doubt and consult with your Pediatrician, as written in The Sun.
Doctors immediately performed studies and samples of bone marrow for a biopsy. On July 8 of this year, doctors confirmed to the mother of the little girl that Tazmin had Myelodysplasia, a blood disorder that causes a decrease in healthy cells and can lead to acquiring Acute Myeloid Leukemia.
However, on July 19 they confirm that the little girl already had a picture of Acute Myeloid Leukemia, for which she is admitted to the Birmingham Children’s Hospital where they perform chemotherapy sessions.
Beyond the mother’s shock at the news, she still feels joy for having read the news of this young man, who did not suffer the same fate as her daughter, but it was a step towards Tazmin’s salvation.
Let’s start by clarifying a few concepts first, as Tazmin was initially diagnosed with Myelodysplasia. It is a syndrome that is not very common in people, only those who are over 60 years old, who have undergone chemotherapy or radiation, but sometimes it occurs in younger people as well.
Basically this happens when the bone marrow does not work properly and does not produce enough red blood cells, very often resulting in anemia.
The main symptoms as exposed by Mediline Plus are:
- Lighter skin color.
- Red spots on the skin.
- Infections and fever.
Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML)
Both James O’Mara and Tazmin were both diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia, a cancer of the blood and bone marrow, and as they call it “acute” it means that this type of Leukemia can spread quickly, and if not receives prompt care, the person can die in just three months.
It has its origin in the bone marrow, the spongy inner part of the bone, where the new blood cells are made, and then it spreads to the bloodstream where it spreads quickly to the other organs.
Within the bone marrow, blood cells are formed, which are initially called blasts. When they mature, they become three types of blood cells, white blood cells, which are necessary to eradicate infections; red blood cells, oxygen carriers; and platelets, which allow the blood to clot properly.
In the particular case of AML, the bone marrow produces abnormal cells that multiply rapidly and out of control.
AML in children
Although it is very rare in children, it can occur in those who are prone to anemia, bleeding or infection, the causes have not yet been discovered, but some of the symptoms are similar to MYelodysplasia:
- Bone or joint pain
- Sweat during the night
- Ease of bruising.
- Trouble breathing.
- Spots of blood scattered on the body.
- Loss of appetite
During the treatment the child may receive chemotherapy sessions, blood transfusions or radiation, sometimes a bone marrow transplant is necessary, which is performed while the cancer is in a stage of remission, allowing a better possibility of cure and quality of life .
Knowing that through an article, a life was saved, as a writer gives me great satisfaction, because I believe that that is the ultimate goal when someone writes an article, to reach the center of the home, the family.