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I thought my little girl had a tug until the doctors discovered that 100 parts of her body had cancer.

A MOTHER has told of her grief after what she thought was a pulled muscle in her daughter’s back was a rare form of cancer.

Hannah Potter thinks her young daughter, Flo, suffered minor injuries after climbing a tree and playing.

Hannah Potter and her daughter Flo, who was found to have a very rare cancer

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Hannah Potter and her daughter Flo, who was found to have a very rare cancer

The six-year-old started complaining of pain in July but within weeks couldn’t get off the sofa on his own.

Covid restrictions have prevented doctors from seeing the youngster face-to-face and they have also put a strain on his muscles.

She went to the hospital for her anxiety but was taken away after being told it was muscle.

After going to A&E again, the doctors assumed Flo might have appendicitis – and upon closer inspection, they discovered a high-risk neuroblastoma.

Hannah told Birmingham Live: “She was given the green light for Leicester and the surgeon said she didn’t think it was possible because the pain had persisted for five weeks.

“They thought it might be a compacted bowel, but a young doctor kept bringing in specialists to help us.

“She was on morphine, then had an MRI and called us half an hour later.

“They said she had cancer and they thought it was leukemia. She was then taken to Nottingham where she was diagnosed with high-risk neuroblastoma.”

Families must be notified separately due to Covid guidelines.

Hannah said: “Her father came in to speak to the doctor as we were only allowed one parent at a time.

“He was told and I saw his face and thought ‘oh my god.’ Then I went in and the woman went through it all with me too.”

She added: “She’s having intense chemotherapy – five different times. Flo has had more than 100 areas of cancer all over her body, even in the bones in her face.”

To get stem cell treatment, she needs to drop to three years old, but she still has about 12 areas of cancer left.

The family is raising money for a treatment in the US that could stop the cancer from coming back.

Signs of neuroblastoma:

The early signs and symptoms of neuroblastoma can be difficult to spot, especially in young children because they can be mistaken for other common illnesses.

However, according to NHS Choices, signs and symptoms of neuroblastoma include:

  • Swollen stomach pain
  • Constipation
  • Shortness of breath
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • A lump in the neck
  • Blue lumps on the skin and bruises
  • Fatigue, weakness and bone pain
  • Eye movements and muscle twitches

ONE GoFundMe . page has raised more than £32,000 of the £250,000 needed.

Stomach problems are a red flag for this disease, plus it can cause fever, bones

Neuroblastoma is a type of cancer that develops in nerve cells left over from their development in the womb.

It usually develops in the adrenal glands next to the kidneys but can also form in the spinal cord, neck, chest, pelvis, or abdomen and has the potential to metastasize to other organs.

It is not clear what causes cancer but it affects around 100 children in the UK each year, many of whom are under the age of five.

The outlook for children diagnosed with the condition varies and largely depends on whether the cancer has spread.

Flo has been receiving treatment since the summer after the rare cancer was discovered

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Flo has been receiving treatment since the summer after the rare cancer was discovered
Flo and her sister in the hospital while she is being treated

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Flo and her sister in the hospital while she is being treated
The family wants to bring Flo to the US for treatment if enough funds are raised

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The family wants to bring Flo to the US for treatment if enough funds are raised

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