By writer to www.gazettelive.co.uk
The dad of slightly lady who’s battling lymphoma has described this yr as “hell” as delays to her remedy proceed as a result of coronavirus pandemic.
5-year-old Scarlett Coleman, from Pallister Park, Middlesbrough, was diagnosed with lymphoma initially of this yr – a side-effect of the center transplant she obtained in 2015 when she was simply 5 months previous.
Since then, she has been in and out of hospital, however her dad Ian Johnson stated the disruption attributable to the pandemic has delayed her newest operation for 4 months, with a date nonetheless not deliberate.
The most cancers is frequent in those that have had transplants, and luckily for Scarlett, it has been detected early and is treatable.
It isn’t believed the delay can be deadly for Scarlett, but it surely has meant she has additionally not had a CT scan in that point and he or she is struggling acute ache.
“We hold getting cancelled, simply informed it is within the pipe line,” Ian, 38, stated.
“She screams her tummy and bum hurts, I hope the most cancers hasn’t unfold to her tummy however we cannot know till CT scan, but it surely retains getting cancelled, we’re endlessly chasing it up.
“I heard her crying and saying ‘mam assist me’ however there was nothing we may do, it is affecting us all mentally and emotionally.
“From me and my household please persist with the principles so households like mine will not be struggling as a result of NHS being overwhelmed.”
When Scarlett has been in a position to get an appointment, Ian has not been in a position to attend hospital together with her as covid restrictions imply just one dad or mum is allowed.
His associate Melanie Coleman, 37, is Scarlett’s mom and full-time carer and attends hospital together with her.
“It kills me as I have been beside her bedside for all operations and procedures,” Ian added.
Requested how he would describe 2020 for households like his, he stated: “Hell.
“Infants, youngsters and adults all struggling as a result of NHS being overwhelmed, it isn’t proper.”
Ian works full time for a neighborhood Tesco distribution centre and he and Melanie have three older youngsters – Kacey, Leah and Lucas Coleman.
Scarlett was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome with an intact atrial septum which finally resulted in post-transplant lymphoproliferative dysfunction (PTLD) when her coronary heart was changed.
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