Blood tests – lumber puncture – diagnosis
The test confirmed that I had acute lymphoblastic leukaemiaBlood tests were carried out and showed that my red and white blood counts were very low. I would have to have a lumber puncture test – it was possible that I had leukaemia, or some other form of blood cancer. The test confirmed that I had acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. I remained extremely ill and was transferred to Birmingham Children’s Hospital
, which was the nearest specialist centre in our area. I stayed in hospital for ten days. My parents told me that during that time they nearly lost me twice more – the infection was causing heart failure. I received several blood transfusions of red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets as wells as further bone marrow tests.