A father has shared the moment he heard about his daughter’s diagnosis over the phone.
Parents Joshua Crombie and Ellouise Wallbanks were at home when they noticed purple dots all over their daughter’s body and bruises on her legs.
Because they would not be allowed to be with baby Florence in the hospital due to Covid rules, Joshua had to wait at home while Ellouise stayed with their 19-month-old daughter.
Florence had already visited doctors many times after a lump developed on her temple and drew to the size of a ping-pong ball.
Joshua and Ellouise were told that their daughter had a hematoma but the worried mother felt something was seriously wrong with their child.
Ellouise texted her sister at that time and wrote: “I know that I’m going to wake up to her dead in her cot one morning, because the doctors don’t know whats wrong with her.”
Joshua admitted that when Florence was taken back to the hospital, he was not prepared for what was about to happen.
In an interview with Mirror Online, Joshua said: “Ellouise called me and put me on speaker phone, the doctor said that Florence had blood cancer and that sent me into a panic.
“I just asked: ‘Is she going to die?’”
He added: “It’s hard to explain how I felt, I was just completely overwhelmed, I was over an hour away and I just wanted to be there. I was thinking, did I have enough time to get to the hospital to see her. It was horrible.”
Florence was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia and needs more than two years of treatment.
“Our lives will never be the same,” Ellouise expressed. “Florence is an only child, to be told that your one and only baby girl could potentially die from blood cancer felt like being stabbed in the heart.
“She’s the strongest little girl I know, and even after spending months in hospital she’s still as happy and funny as she was before diagnosis.”
The young girl’s grandmother, Stephanie, has set up a GoFundMe page for her granddaughter.
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