Doctors said my toddler was constipated then she was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer

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2023-06-09 10:02:23  • 4 mins

A hospital has launched an investigation into a mothers claims that doctors missed her daughters cancer, instead telling her it was constipation.

Claire Formby, 38, says she feels let down by the care given to Ella Formby-Smith, three, by Warrington Hospital.

The NHS worker claims her daughter was checked over three times before she was diagnosed with stage four neuroblastoma, a rare and aggressive cancer that typically affects babies and young children. Ella is now having chemotherapy.

Claire, from Runcorn, Cheshire, said: Weve been told she could have been born with this.

Im just feeling so let down with the number of times weve been back and forth.

I just cant get my head around how its not been detected in three years of going to hospital with stomach problems.

Shes been diagnosed as lactose and dairy intolerant and every other time weve been we were told its constipation or a viral infection.

Claire said Ella had been back and forth to doctors due to stomach issues since birth.

However, when the issues began to become more severe in May 2023, Ella began to spend more time in Warrington Hospital.

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