UK mum was told 16-month toddler's cancer was 'cold'

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London, Dec 11 (ANI): A mom was misguided by doctors who told her that her son had and discovered later that it was actually cancer.

Adelle Wright, 29, took little Ruby Tanswell to her General Practitioner's surgery three times when she stopped eating and struggled to breathe.

The 16-month-old fell ill on holiday in Spain in September.

Adelle and Ruby's dad, Lee Tanswell, 23, were so concerned they flew home five days early.

At first doctors in Stockport, Greater Manchester, diagnosed a cold and on couple of more visits Ruby was sent home with nose drops and antibiotics.

Worried Adelle then took her daughter to the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital, where she was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma - a rare soft tissue cancer affecting around 60 children a year in the UK.

"It was such a shock. In a week we'd gone from being told she had a cold to having cancer. I felt like the doctors were fobbing us off," the Sun quoted Adelle as saying.

Ruby had three operations and chemotherapy and next month she faces another operation and possible radiotherapy.

"The tumour covers 80-90 per cent of her windpipe. If we hadn't taken Ruby to the hospital, she could have gone to sleep one night and not woken up," noted the mom.

Administrator Adelle and Lee have since raised 11,000 pounds for the hospital through a sponsored walk with her famous cousin, comic Jason Manford.

The family is now expected to submit a formal complaint against their GPs. (ANI)

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