Sofia had flu like symptoms
Sofia had flu like symptoms for quite a few weeks leading up to her diagnosis, but we were repeatedly told by our GP that there was nothing wrong with her. One morning we were at a party and Sofia seemed unusually pale and unwell, so we decided to take her to the hospital.
In A & E we had to plead with the doctor to do further testing because she didn’t seem concerned. I remember telling my husband that we should ask her to check her breathing again as it didn’t seem right. After some persuasion they agreed to do a chest X-ray.
A little while later we were shown the scan picture, a huge white cloud covered her entire rib-cage and upper chest area. The doctor said it could be something like pneumonia or a more serious disease and Sofia had suffered from a collapsed lung which was crushing her windpipe. The nurse gave Sofia an orange knitted teddy bear and box of stickers and the doctor sat us down and told us we needed to be strong. At this point we both feared the worst and had an idea where this was heading. We were too scared to ask.