Girl sent home with winter sick bug told she actually has rare cancer and needs treatment in America

A young girl sent home from school with what staff thought was simply a winter vomiting bug has now been given just a five per cent chance of survival by doctors.

Tia Llewelln, 12, from Wales, started being sick at school a month ago and staff sent her home as they though she had a sick bug. However, when she woke up the following day, she was feeling worse and was sent to hospital.

Blood tests revealed that she actually has a rare form of childhood cancer. Medics, who placed her in an induced coma in a bid to save her life, says she has a very slim chance of survival. Initially, doctors thought she had a kidney infection and she was sent home again. Aftr, after she was seen at the Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital for Wales in Cardiff, her parents were told she had burkitts lymphoma, which is a rare but treatable cancer of the lymph node.


However, the diagnosis was to get even more devastating as further tests revealed that what she actually is suffering from is stage four alveolar rhadomyosarcoma, a rare form of soft-tissue cancer. It is a cancer which tends to occur in older children and teenagers. Tumours have also been found in her kidneys and neck.

She needs bone marrow treatment in Britain before treatment in America. Tia has suffered from hevy bleeding and kidney failure, requiring dialysis. When medics tried to begin Tia’s treatment, they had to place her in a coma simply so they could insert a catheter as her blood kept clotting.

She has already had to have a number of blood transfusions to keep her alive and remains in an induced coma. But her family are desperately hoping she can be woken up to continue treatment. They are now fundraising to take her to the US for further treatment.




Judith is a qualified journalist who has worked in both the UK and the US, specialising in writing about politics, education and health.