Carly Woods’ parents John and Kelly took her to hospital after her “belly ache” at home persisted for more than 24 hours. She underwent scans and tests and doctors told the family Carly’s liver was bigger than it should have been, so after a four-day stay, she was transferred to a children’s hospital.
After more tests, doctors at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool last month told the devastated parents Carly had multiple tumours on her liver, and the cancer had spread to the little girl’s lungs.
Carly died within weeks on November 1, Liverpool Echo reports, after surgery performed in a bid to enable the youngster to have chemotherapy failed to work.
John, 37, said: “They told us there was medically nothing they could do.
“Her liver was pretty much clapped out and not functioning. She wouldn’t physically be able to take the chemotherapy, it would be too cruel.
“They told us that we would have to make the decision to not resuscitate her and just keep her comfortable and let her pass.”
The grief-stricken father, who has other young children with Kelly, added: “I think for both of us it’s not even sunk in yet. I’m still numb. The only thing that’s getting me through it is making it [Carly’s funeral] the best day possible for her.
“We’re having horses and carriages with the horses dressed as unicorns because that was one of her favourite things.
“She was a bubbly little girl. Everyone knew her for having wild hair. She always had a smile on her face and her teachers said to me she was always complimenting somebody.
“I hope Carly’s memory and story will be seen by thousands and her sacrifice will potentially save thousands of family’s from the same heart ache and fate in the future.”
Carly was diagnosed with a rare liver cancer called Hepatocellular neoplasm not otherwise specified HC-NOS.
John, from Skelmersdale, Lancashire, said: “They said they only see one or two of these cancers each year and normally there’s some sort of pre-warning, usually the kid has been in hospital or been sick before.
“I was called into the office and the doctor told me that straight away they could see on the ultrasound her liver was four times larger than it should be and it was just ram packed and stuffed with multiple tumours.”
Carly, who was in the first year of senior school, had woke with stomach ache on the Sunday October 10.
Recalling that morning, John said: “She woke up on the Sunday morning and said, ‘dad, I’ve got a belly ache’. I was putting clothes away and I just said, well if you’re trying to get out of school I’m still sending you.
“It was her first year in senior school and she was having a bit of trouble settling in. I thought she was trying to play on it.
“As the day went on she was moaning a little bit more and I asked her what she’d had for her breakfast this morning.
“She said she wasn’t really hungry. I said you’ve probably got hunger pains, get downstairs and I’ll do you your dinner.
“I did her something to eat but she didn’t really eat much of it.
“It got to bed time and she was whimpering a little bit so Kelly just gave her some Ibuprofen.
“Kelly come back in the bedroom and said I think she might have a appendicitis. I said we’ll see how she gets on tomorrow morning
“At five o’clock in the morning, my partner wakes me and says can you take the day off and watch the baby, I’m going to take her to the hospital.”
You can visit the family’s fundraiser page here.
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