Killer Cancer Claims Another Child Victim

tia-llewellynTia Llewellyn, a young 12-year-old girl from Milford Haven, Wales, began vomiting one morning in late November, and was sent home from school with what was thought to just be a common bug.

However, the next day she woke up and was still feeling unwell, so went to her local hospital,  Withybush General Hospital in Haverfordwest, where blood tests were taken before she was transferred to Glangwili General Hospital in Carmarthen, slightly further away.

Just half an hour after being sent home with a suspected kidney infection, she was told to go straight to the Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital for Wales, Cardiff, because she had cancer.

Doctors initially informed the family that Tia had Burkitts Lymphoma, a rare but treatable cancer of the lymph nodes. Tumours were also found in her kidneys and neck and her family was told that she required treatment in the US. However, her bone marrow had to be treated in the UK first.

A mere three days later however,  doctors revealed that Tia actually had Stage 4 Alveolar Rhadomyosarcoma – a rare form of soft-tissue cancer that develops in the supporting or connective tissues of the body.

Just before she was about to start treatment, Tia needed a Hickman line to be inserted into her veins, but she began to bleed heavily, and her kidneys started to fail at the same time, resulting in her needing dialysis.

Unfortunately, when doctors tried to start the treatment, her blood kept clotting and they had to place her in an induced coma so they could insert a catheter. The bleeding continued and Tia had to have several blood transfusions to keep her alive. Doctors put her chances of survival at a mere 5% at this stage.

Kerryanne Clayton, a family member, said she’d ‘never seen a child deteriorate so quickly‘.

Unfortunately, after contracting a chest infection and septicaemia, Tia passed away at around 11pm on Friday 9th December, just four weeks after diagnosis.

Tia’s heartbroken mother, Sarah Jane Howlin, had to take the difficult decision to turn off the adrenaline after doctors said there was nothing more they could do to keep her alive after they received the results of a skin biopsy on Friday afternoon.

Ms Howlin said: “I didn’t want her to go through anything else. Her body couldn’t put up with anymore. She was a fantastic kid.”


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Childhood Cancer is not a joke, and it can happen to anyone!

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About LFCT

This is a blog about CHILDHOOD CANCER and CHILDHOOD CANCER AWARENESS Little Fighters Cancer Trust is a non-profit organisation that offers support and aid to Children with Cancer and their families. When a child is diagnosed with cancer it affects the whole family. One of the parents, usually the mother, must give up their job to care for the child and this creates financial problems for the family. In South Africa especially the majority of these families are not well-to-do; many of them are rural. A diagnosis of cancer can wipe out any family’s finances, let alone a poor family. The costs of special medications, special diets, hospital stays, transport to and from the hospital or clinic and accommodation and food costs for the mother who spends most of the time at her child’s bedside are astronomical. These are the people and problems that fall through the cracks, and these are the people that Little Fighters Cancer Trust has pledged to help in any way possible. LFCT takes a holistic approach to assisting the Children with Cancer and their Families, with the main aim to be the preservation of individual dignity and pride. Little Fighters Cancer Trust also focuses on promotion and advocacy of National Childhood Cancer Awareness in an effort to increase awareness of Early Warning Signs of Childhood Cancer. This would result in earlier diagnosis, giving the Child with Cancer more of a chance at Treatment and Survival. See "About" for more Background info

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