Madeline fight for Survival
Organized by: Samantha Flint
My 6 yr old daughter was diagnosed with medulloblastoma and posterior fossa syndrome. m y beautiful daughter, Madeline was diagnosed with a brain tumour. Just the day before we were laughing about how silly we would look for over reacting to her symptoms. For around 3-4 weeks, Madeline was waking up with headaches and vomiting..to begin with, we thought she was just trying to get out of going to school, at 6 years old, she knew how to pull the wool over my eyes. Gradually the headaches and vomiting got worse and soon we began to notice that she was becoming clumsy and losing her balance really easily, we hadn’t yet connected the two. On June 8th while celebrating our son’s football presentation with a meal out, Madeline vomited everywhere and that was the day I decided that enough was enough and that she needed to be checked out. The following day I called our local surgery and booked her an appointment with the GP for that morning. He listened carefully to our concerns and performed an examination on Madeline, he didn’t seem overly concerned but he wanted to refer us to the paediatrician at our local hospital, Queens Medical Centre. Later that day we received a phone call from the practice manager, asking if we could take Madeline along to the hospital the following morning. Alarmed by the urgency, I agreed.