‘MU MMY MY LEGS DON’T WORK’
Little ones miles through pain
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