A 15-year-old girl has died from cancer after the doctors dismissed her symptoms as grief.
Three weeks after the same illness took away her father Paul, Alana Finlayson showed signs of cancer.
However, the doctors dismissed the symptoms as ‘grief’.
Alana began experiencing head and leg pains after two years and she was diagnosed with glioblastoma.
She was given just eight weeks to live before passing away three months before her 16th birthday.
Her 51-year-old mother, Linda Jones, from Toryglen, Glasgow, has now criticized the staff at Glasgow’s Royal Hospital for Children for dismissing the symptoms as ‘grief’.
Linda told the Daily Record: “She was in their care for a year and they let her down.
It ripped my heart out. We were dismissed time and time again.”
“Some of the doctors were so arrogant. If they had just listened to what we were saying, I may still have had Alana with me but they left a wee lassie in excruciating pain and with no treatment.”
Linda said her daughter’s symptoms were dismissed as grief but then she started experiencing head and neck pain, nausea and started losing her vision.
She also started experiencing leg pains and the doctors asked her if she wears skintight jeans.
Another doctor told her that there was no reason for her pain.
After a CT scan, an MRI scan, and a lumbar puncture, it turned out that she had idiopathic intracranial hypertension: brain pressure without a reason.
Her mother was told that Alana did not have cancer and they also said, ‘this is nothing like what your dad had’.
After another MRI scan, she was diagnosed with glioblastoma and underwent an operation to remove the spinal tumor.
Unfortunately, the surgeons couldn’t remove the tumor.
She was given just eight weeks to live and her family held an early birthday party for her in April.
She passed away three months before her 16th birthday in August.
After Alana’s tragic death, a spokesperson for the Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board told MailOnline: “We extend our heartfelt sympathy to the family of Alana Finlayson. This was a tragic and highly unusual situation.”
“Despite being extensively reviewed by a team of UK-wide multi-disciplinary experts, due to the rarity of the condition, specialists were unable to diagnose Alana’s glioblastoma until 2019.”
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