A four-year-old girl has finally called the end of the treatment bell after beating cancer after a grueling two-year treatment.
Daisy Byles, from Lowestoft in Suffolk, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in June 2019 after doctors mistakenly believed she had a cold.
She was rushed to hospital after her mother Shari Mckay found her unconscious in the morning and was diagnosed just hours later.
Since her diagnosis, Daisy has spent most of her time at Norwich University Hospital, where she lost her hair and developed 16 infections in response to chemotherapy and blood transfusions.
But earlier this month she received it all clearly and heartwarming footage captured her ringing the hospital bell to mark the end of her journey.
Ms Mckay, 36, said it was “a traumatic time for the whole family,” but Daisy is “such an inspiration” and “the most beautiful personality.”
Four-year-old Daisy Byles, from Lowestoft in Suffolk, rang the bell at Norwich University Hospital on September 14 after beating cancer
In June 2019, she was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia after doctors mistakenly believed she had a cold. She has spent most of the last two years in the hospital for the past two years, receiving chemotherapy, steroid medications, as well as platelet and blood transfusions
Daisy’s mum Shari Mckay, 36, said it was ‘a traumatizing time for the whole family’ but Daisy is ‘such an inspiration’ and has ‘the most beautiful personality’
Daisy became unwell after getting shots as a two-year-old, but the doctors were “convinced she had a cold afterwards and it was nothing to worry about,” her mother said.
Single mother Mrs. Mckay, who gave up her job as a cleaning lady to look after Daisy, said: ‘I woke up one day and she had turned pale and wasn’t moving, so I rushed her to the hospital and then I got too much pain. hear it’s cancer. It took me a few hours to process.’
Acute lymphoblastic leukemia affects white blood cells.
Every year around 800 people in the UK are diagnosed with cancer, which progresses rapidly and aggressively and requires immediate treatment.
WHAT IS ACUTE LYMPHOBLASTIC LEUKEMIA?
Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is a type of blood cancer that starts in young white blood cells in the bone marrow.
There are about 790 new cases in the UK each year. In the US, ALL affects about 1.7 adults per 100,000.
Anyone can develop ALL, but it mainly affects younger people.
Many ALL symptoms are vague and flu-like, such as general weakness, fatigue, fever, frequent infections, and bone or joint pain.
Doctors don’t yet know what causes cells to mutate and cause cancer, but risk factors include previous chemotherapy, smoking, being severely overweight, genetic conditions such as Down syndrome and a weakened immune system.
Research suggests that breastfeeding and exposure to childhood infections can reduce a person’s risk.
The main ALL treatment is chemotherapy. Patients may also undergo radiotherapy, steroids, or bone marrow transplants.
About 70 percent of people will survive five years or more after being diagnosed with ALL.
Both adults and children can be affected, but the vast majority of cases are under the age of five.
After being diagnosed in June 2019, Daisy spent most of her time in Norwich University Hospital undergoing treatment.
Her mother said: ‘At that time we had no money for clothes or food and I am a single mother of seven so I had to leave my children at home to take care of each other while I was in the hospital with Daisy.
“It was a traumatic time for all of us because they didn’t know if I was going home with their sister or not.”
Daisy received chemotherapy, steroid medication, platelets and blood transfusions.
All her hair fell out within two weeks and she was so unwell she got nine yeast infections, two line infections, two sepsis, two pneumonia.
Mrs. Mckay said, “I stayed with her every second of the day and had a bed next to her.
“When we got home, I was right back in the hospital if she got a fever or didn’t look well.”
And just before she rang the doorbell, Daisy “almost died again” because she got another infection. It is not clear what this infection was.
But she finished her treatment on August 21 and was able to ring the bell on September 14, which her mother said was “the most incredible moment.”
Ms Mckay added: ‘It’s been a traumatic time for all the family but she’s such an inspiration and her hair has grown back thicker, curly and wavy and she has the most beautiful personality.
“After she rang the bell, I had a little party with her friends and family and we all celebrated the end of the most difficult time in our lives.
“I cried right after she rang the bell – we formed such a close bond with all the staff and it’s like a little family in there.
“I was so blessed to have the NHS on our side and I will never take life for granted again.”