August 13, 2022

A 3-month-old lady was left hours from loss of life after bungling docs missed her mind tumour and dismissed her seizures and swollen head as ‘regular’.

Molly Mai Wardle-Hampton was born on November 7 in Rhyl, North Wales, wholesome and weighing 7lbs. However she started struggling seizures from three-weeks-old. 

Her frightened mom, Corinne Wardle, 37, took her daughter to a sequence of medical appointments over the next weeks however claims she was informed Molly Mai’s points had been ‘regular child stuff’.

Ms Wardle rushed Molly Mai to A&E final month as a consequence of her worsening signs and was instantly referred to Alder Hey Youngsters’s Hospital, the place docs found a tumour in her mind.

Docs mentioned {that a} build-up of fluid was placing stress on Molly Mai’s mind and eyes and she or he would die inside 24 hours if they didn’t function on her instantly, Ms Wardle claimed.

Molly Mai underwent a gruelling three-hour operation to take away the tumour, which had unfold to three-quarters of her mind.

Docs have since confirmed her tumour is ependymoma — a uncommon most cancers affecting the mind and backbone. Lower than 50 youngsters within the UK and round 200 within the US develop the situation yearly.

Molly Mai has since returned house however is receiving chemotherapy twice every week for the following yr in a bid to kill off the remaining tumour and cease it spreading.

Molly Mai Wardle-Hampton (pictured) was born on November 7, wholesome and weighing 7lbs, however started affected by seizures from three-weeks-old

Ms Wardle mentioned Molly Mai had three seizures across the time she was three-weeks-old, every of which lasted round a minute lengthy. 

She took Molly Mai to a GP appointment and was referred to a paediatrician in Wrexham.

Earlier than that appointment occurred, Molly Mai was seen by a GP for an everyday six-week test up. Regardless of Molly Mai’s head measurements being bigger than regular, Ms Wardle mentioned the GP was not involved. 

WHAT IS EPENDYMOMA? 

An ependymoma is a tumour that may develop wherever within the mind or backbone.

The expansion can unfold to the spinal wire by way of the cerebrospinal fluid.

Lower than 50 youngsters within the UK and 200 within the US develop the situation yearly.

Round six in 10 youngsters recognized with ependymoma survive for 5 years or extra. 

Widespread signs of the most cancers embody nausea, vomiting, lethargy and irritability.

Older youngsters might also battle with handwriting, expertise a gradual decline of their college efficiency or have an altered means of strolling.

Eoendymoma is recognized via CT and MRI scans.

Youngsters then often bear surgical procedure to take away as a lot of the tumour as doable. If not all the tumour is eliminated, sufferers often obtain radiotherapy or chemotherapy. 

However over the next weeks, Ms Wardle observed Molly Mai may solely look to her proper, had a big head, was vomiting and unsettled. 

On the subsequent paediatrician appointment, Ms Wardle mentioned the physician dismissed Molly Mai’s seizures and swollen head as ‘regular child stuff’.

Simply earlier than Christmas, Molly Mai was rushed to the Countess of Chester Hospital A&E, the place Ms Wardle works, with a viral an infection. 

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Ms Wardle mentioned: ‘I defined all the things about Molly Mai’s seizures and swollen head however docs are likely to take care of what’s in entrance of them and handled the viral an infection and nothing extra.’  

Over the next weeks, Molly Mai’s signs continued to worsen. 

Her eyes had been getting into reverse instructions and her head measurement ‘had now gone off the chart’, her mom mentioned.

On February 1, Ms Wardle rushed Molly Mai to the A&E division on the Countess of Chester Hospital for a second time.

Medics there performed a CT scan and noticed a big tumour, which was pushing on her eye nerves.

Molly Mai was then rushed in an ambulance to Alder Hey Youngsters’s Hospital for additional scans.

The next day, docs performed a three-hour operation to take away the tumour.

Ms Wardle mentioned: ‘The surgeon at Alder Hey was very clear that she wouldn’t have survived 24 hours with out surgical procedure, it was that shut.

‘I believe in that second I simply went numb, I don’t suppose I’ve processed it correctly but, we’re nonetheless in shock.

‘You simply by no means count on that it’s going to occur to you.’ 

Signs of ependymoma, which has a five-year survival fee of round 60 per cent, embody vomiting, seizures and an elevated head circumference. 

Molly Mai has since returned house however is present process twice-weekly rounds of chemotherapy in a bid to kill off the remaining tumour and cease it spreading. 

Ms Wardle mentioned: ‘We had been fairly fortunate she is a child as a result of the cranium shouldn’t be fused, so the cranium may increase with the fluid.

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‘If she had been an grownup, she would have ended up with extreme mind injury or it in all probability would have killed her.

‘The tumour coated three totally different components of the mind. It coated a hefty a part of the proper hemisphere.

‘My companion retains saying to me now, “if you happen to hadn’t saved pushing, she’d be useless by now”, which is so scary.’

Ms Wardle rushed Molly Mai to A&E last month due to her swollen head and was immediately referred to Alder Hey Children's Hospital, where doctors discovered a tumour in the three-month-old's brain

Ms Wardle rushed Molly Mai to A&E final month as a consequence of her swollen head and was instantly referred to Alder Hey Youngsters’s Hospital, the place docs found a tumour within the three-month-old’s mind

Doctors told Ms Wardle that fluid was putting pressure on Molly Mai's brain and eyes and she would die within 24 hours if they did not operate on her immediately

Docs informed Ms Wardle that fluid was placing stress on Molly Mai’s mind and eyes and she or he would die inside 24 hours if they didn’t function on her instantly

The mother-of-three mentioned: ‘It was very irritating as a result of I knew one thing wasn’t proper however I saved being informed by the docs that it was regular child stuff. It was missed by lots of them.’ 

‘She’s solely 14 weeks now and we’ve acquired an entire yr of chemotherapy to come back.

‘She’s clearly going to get actually poorly and since she’s a child and I can’t clarify why that is occurring.

‘The chances are she goes to finish up with ulcers, she’s going to finish up in a variety of ache and torpid.

‘She will be able to’t inform me that her tummy hurts, or that her skins itchy and feeling horrible. She’s going to be in absolute agony.’

A fundraising web page set as much as help the household has raised greater than £1,600.