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Amelia's Hepatoblastoma Story

Heart-breaking News

At just nine weeks, Amelia was diagnosed with the devastating news of a liver tumour called hepatoblastoma. The most heart-breaking news we have ever had to face as a family. When Amelia was born she was a healthy weight of 8lbs 3oz and all of her bloods and tests were absolutely fine. She was a thriving baby doing all the right things. The diagnosis was a complete shock and such devastating news for the rest of the family, at first I didn’t know how to tell them. We are a very tight unit as a family so I am so grateful myself and my husband have this love and support around us.

Amelia at birth

She is a happy baby 

Amelia was, and still is, a happy baby that is thriving so well despite everything she is having to go through. Once Amelia had been diagnosed with hepatoblastoma she had a central line put in, within that week her consultant had a six month plan of three different chemotherapies to shrink the cancer to then have surgery to remove it. Amelia had her surgery at the end of July and they removed two thirds of her liver.


Amelia looking at mum off camera

Thank you to our GP

I want to raise awareness of childhood cancer for any baby or child as Amelia showed no signs of being unwell or had any symptoms. If it wasn’t for our GP that did Amelia’s first checks and jabs we do not know when this would have been picked up. We are so grateful she referred us to the children’s hospital.

Michaela, Amelia’s Mum, August 2023

Mum kissing Amelia in hospital

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