Girl, 3, dies of rare cancer after doctors diagnosed her with constipation

A United Kingdom mother who claims doctors wrote off her 3-year-old daughter’s stomach pains as constipation says the young girl died just days after she was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.

In June, Aoife Flanagan, of Rayleigh, began to complain of stomach pains as well as pain in other areas of her body, her mother, Eilish Flanagan, told Essex Live. Concerned, Flanagan took her daughter to the doctor multiple times — but claims she was told each time Aoife’s condition was caused by constipation.

“I took her to see the GP or a consultant doctor 11 times in three weeks. She’d been in and out of the hospital with different infections and problems but they kept telling us she had common child constipation,” she said.

“As a mother, I knew there was something else wrong. I raised my concerns and she had pains in other areas of her body but the doctors never examined her,” she told the outlet, claiming Aoife had a visible tumor on her bottom that doctors “failed to investigate.”

Flanagan alleges doctors also questioned if she was properly feeding her daughter and if she got enough exercise. The young girl loved horseback riding, and rode every day, sometimes twice a day, she claims.

While waiting to be transferred to a different hospital, an X-ray revealed Aoife had a large tumor in her liver that was blocking her bowel, her mother told Essex Live.


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