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IN People ON 05 Oct, 2015
Cancer is one of the deadliest diseases on the planet that humans are susceptible to. But, there are many types and forms of the disease. Some are more common than the rest while a few of them are extremely rare. And one of the rarest forms of cancer is the Blueberry Muffin cancer. However, it is highly unlikely for a baby to be diagnosed with this disease, but although it is highly unlikely, one baby turned out to be a prey of the same.
Read on to find out what happened!
Baby Mia McConnelogue had developed an aggressive form of leukaemia - known as Blueberry Muffin Syndrome - in the womb that gave her a 50/50 chance of survival. It is a rare form of cancer which triggers blue lesions across the body.
The brave baby underwent her first round of chemotherapy at just two days old and doctors gave her a 50 percent chance of survival. But after just three rounds of the treatment and a bone marrow transplant, Mia defied the dire predictions. Presently, she is at home with her mum and dad.
Mum Stephanie, 31, believes "Mia would not have survived if she had not fought with the doctors to continue the treatment when it appeared to be failing". She said: "Mia is a miracle. There are no words to describe it. "She is unbelievable. Now all her eyebrows and her hair is all growing back. She was born with hair and then it all fell out because of the chemo. You wouldn't even know that she has been through anything. She is a happy, healthy little baby."
Full-time mum Stephanie said that the whole way through her pregnancy with Mia she knew something was wrong. She gave birth at 1:20 AM on March 18, 2015, at Altnagelvin Area Hospital in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, ten days after her due date. "As soon as they pushed her out I just looked at her, and she had these big lesions on her skin," said Stephanie.
"The midwife who was there was very old, and she said in her 43 years in the job she had never seen anything like it."
Baby Mia was taken for tests only a minute after she was born! Once the results came back, doctors told Stephanie and her husband, Tony that she would not survive more intensive chemotherapy - but they refused to accept that her little girl was going to die. Miraculously, just weeks later it looked like the chemotherapy was working - and tests confirmed that she was in remission.
After spending two months in CLIC Sargent accommodation in Bristol while Mia was closely being monitored, finally, the family came back to their home. Stephanie and Tony need to be super careful that she does not catch a cold or any other infection as her immune system is weak - but apart from that, she is thriving.