Sophia HolstonAn 11-year-old girl spent several days without a clear answer from doctors They treated her for a strange cyst on the left leg. They came to think of thousands of diagnoses, but They didn’t even think it was a type of cancer.
In the summer of 2020, the girl complained about her problem when the tumor started growing bigger and bigger. It has been revealed that Corinne Holston36 years old, and Lee Dawson37, in the middle Daily MailThey took their daughter to the doctor, who said she had a fluid build-up.
“They told us to go home and rest for two weeks. But Sophia continued to complain that it hurt. A month later, I insisted on going back and getting another X-ray,” Korin explained.
Although they tried to get more precise answers, they were told again that the disease was not related to the big problem. “They told us it was liquid and We were instructed to raise the foot above the heart. We tried to remove it, but the tumor just wouldn’t go away.”
In the absence of changes, her mother decided to see another doctor They made more thorough choices. “I thought I might have a broken leg,” he recalled. Immediately, in October of the same year, the family moved Royal National Orthopedic Hospital, Brockley Hill.
After weeks of tests, including ultrasounds, MRIs and biopsies, the experts called Corinne and Sophia. However, it was not what they expected. “It never occurred to me that it could be cancer. Someone mentioned a cyst, so I thought so. I couldn’t believe it when I was told the tumor was cancer. I thought they would at least remove it,” he said.
The news devastated them, but they had to rally to fight cancer. “They told us that all of Sophia’s nerves and ligaments were going through the tumor. It cannot be removed without amputating the lower part of his leg. Sophia and I were the only ones sitting on the date when they said. Her dad was out due to covid and we both cried. When we left, she was unwell. It was too much for a woman to take,” she lamented.
From there, the family was hastily relocated University College London Hospital, where a team was waiting to examine the girl’s body. There, he was diagnosed with two types of cancer: Malignant peripheral nerve sheathIn the lining of nerves, and RadomyosarcomaIt develops in soft tissues.
“He endured four months of chemotherapy, which caused him to lose his hair, and then His left leg was amputated in April 2021He was discharged after 10 days,” explained Gorin about the process they went through to control the disease.
In the following months, the little one moved to a wheelchair. However, in July 2022 he had a radical change: They placed a prosthesis to gain greater autonomy. “At first, it was very difficult for her to move on her own, but she kept trying and with time, she learned to walk without help,” her mother recounted.
Despite obstacles and promising developments, With the help of his family and medical team, he thrived. “15 months after his left leg was amputated, he learned to ride a bike again. He doesn’t know what to live after losing his leg.. We are very proud of her,” he added.
In a conversation with the same medium, Houlston said her daughter’s motivation for swimming: “He told me he wanted to do something in the Paralympics, so we approached the local para swimming team.”
“Since then, I’ve had her swim every week and she’s really improving. She aspires to represent her country one day.” On the other hand, she insisted The water relieves him of all kinds of aches, pains and sores at the place of amputation.
Regarding Sophia’s current condition, he opined that she is still out of danger and doctors are continuing to examine her legs. “She was a girl with such big dreams. Every time he says he can’t do something, I tell him that’s not true. He can do anything and he shows it every day,” he concluded.
now, Family is part of it Bresca sportswearAn organization that works with the Lennox Children’s Cancer Fund and holds photo sessions to communicate what it’s like to live without a limb.