When we’re sick or notice changes in our body, we like to believe that a trip to the doctors will solve all problems.
It’s sometimes easy to forget that doctors are humans too, and, as a result, are prone to mistakes and errors just like the rest of us.
One mother from Rayleigh, UK, has shared the heartbreaking moment her young daughter died in her arms after being misdiagnosed by medical professionals as having constipation.
As per the Daily Mirror, it transpired that three-year-old Aoife Flanagan-Gibb had a rare form of stomach cancer. Despite mom Eilish Flanagan having taken her to the doctors 11 times in three weeks, the sickness was missed until it was too late to do anything.
“I was researching germ cell cancer and there’s no charity for it. It’s rare but very real, it can happen to anybody.
“I donated part of her organs, tissues and tumours to doctors so we can learn how to give more chances to other children. It couldn’t be in vain.”
Now, Eilish is aiming to wage a war in her daughter’s name, one with the aim of creating the UK’s only germ cell cancer charity to raise awareness and money for other children suffering from the disease.
According to Eilish, Aoife was a bubbly and happy child until the beginning of June this year. Around that time, the three-year-old began to experience pains in her stomach.
“I took her to see the GP or a consultant doctor 11 times in three weeks,” Eilish said.
“She’d been in and out of hospital with different infections and problems but they kept telling us she had common child constipation.
“As a mother I knew there was something else wrong. I raised my concerns and she had pains in other areas of her body but the doctors never examined her. She had a tumour on her bottom but they failed to investigate it.
“We saw as a family, and we’ve got the support of doctors at Great Ormond Street Hospital, that the doctors should never have missed what was wrong with her.”
Sadly, by the time doctors knew what they were dealing with, it was too late.
This morning I have woken up to so much support for Aoife and her story, her beautiful little face is shining so…