‘MU MMY MY LEGS DON’T WORK’

Lit­tle ones miles through pain

Hamilton Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - Leona Greenan

A Hamil­ton fam­ily are fac­ing their worst Christ­mas ever after their daugh­ter was given a shock can­cer di­ag­no­sis.

Mum Karla Jamieson and dad Chris Mackie are dev­as­tated after learn­ing that lit­tle Amelia (5) has acute lym­phoblas­tic leukaemia. The cou­ple knew some­thing was se­ri­ously wrong when the pri­mary one pupil, who had been un­well for a few weeks, told them “my legs just don’t work any more”.

Brave Amelia un­der­went her first chemo­ther­apy ses­sion this week and faces a har­row­ing two-year treat­ment plan.

Karla said: “We are ab­so­lutely dev­as­tated and I feel like my whole life has just crum­bled. I’m wor­ried sick about what the fu­ture holds for Amelia.”

“Amelia is still smil­ing de­spite all of this, and we are so proud of her.”

A Hamil­ton fam­ily have been left dev­as­tated by their daugh­ter’s shock can­cer di­ag­no­sis after she told them “my legs just don’t work any­more”.

Karla Jamieson and part­ner Chris Mackie had been plan­ning a fun fam­ily Christ­mas with their four chil­dren when they re­ceived news that five-year-old Amelia has acute lym­phoblas­tic leukaemia.

The pri­mary one pupil at St Mary’s ini­tially com­plained of sore legs but Karla was dis­traught when her daugh­ter then de­vel­oped a swelling of her eyes, sores in her mouth, a loss of colour and was con­stantly tired and fall­ing asleep.

She also sud­denly started to have bad night sweats and con­stant fevers.

The cou­ple, who are ex­pect­ing a baby in a mat­ter of weeks, took the young­ster to the doc­tors on sev­eral oc­ca­sions but claim they were sim­ply sent home with medicine and creams.

How­ever, mum Karla knew there was some­thing more to the sud­den change in their nor­mally alert and bub­bly daugh­ter.

Dev­as­tated Karla, a self­em­ployed hair­dresser who pro­vides hair re­place­ments for can­cer and alope­cia pa­tients, ex­plained: “I have four kids and one on the way and I knew there was more to this sud­den change in my daugh­ter, es­pe­cially when she told me ‘Mummy, my legs just don’t work any more,’ but no one took any no­tice.

“Then last Wed­nes­day we de­cided enough was enough and we took to her to the GP out-ofhours ser­vice.

“They checked her over there and then, and told us it could be can­cer and that they had to rule it out as soon as pos­si­ble.

“It was all so fast and we were blue-lighted to the South­ern Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal with an acute lym­phoblas­tic leukaemia di­ag­no­sis the fol­low­ing day.

“We are ab­so­lutely dis­traught and numb. Ear­lier last week we were mak­ing prepa­ra­tions for a fun fam­ily Christ­mas with a new baby on the way.

“We are ab­so­lutely dev­as­tated and I feel like my whole life has just crum­bled. I’m wor­ried sick about what the fu­ture holds for Amelia.”

Brave Amelia un­der­went her first chemo­ther­apy ses­sion on Mon­day.

Karla added: “Amelia is still smil­ing de­spite all of this and we are so proud of her. She’s got a long jour­ney ahead with a twoyear care plan of chemo­ther­apy, where hope­fully she will be in re­mis­sion if all is suc­cess­ful.”

Karla and her foot­ball coach part­ner are par­ents to Ava (7), Aaron (6), Amelia (5) and Ari­ana (1). Chris also has a 14-year-old son, Christo­pher.

I feel like my whole life has just crum­bled. I’m wor­ried sick. Karla Jamieson

You can do this Amelia started her first can­cer treat­ment this week

Hap­pier times Amelia’s par­ents Karla Jamieson and Chris Mackie

Beau­ti­ful girl Amelia started pri­mary one at St Mary’s in the sum­mer

Symp­toms The five-year-old’s eyes were swollen

Brave Lit­tle Amelia be­fore she started her chemo­ther­apy

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