Thursday, 9 May 2019

Emre and Elijah are diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia

The adorable tots were both diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia, and are now living full-time at Leeds General Infirmary as doctors begin a programme of chemotherapy treatment.

Ms Duhaney said: 'I was classed as a high-risk pregnancy but everything went well and I had a really great pregnancy though I was in Calderdale Royal Hospital for 11 days after they were born.

 'I was just looking forward to being a mum, going shopping for baby clothes. I was so excited I couldn't wait to dress them in the same clothes and show them off to my friends.'
 But within three weeks the Ms Duhaney and her partner Nile Liburd's joy had turned to concern when Elijah, the younger boy by 44 minutes, began to develop a strange lump on his right check.

Both boys also started with colds that mysteriously never seemed to disappear.

Their GP did his best to reassure her but when the boys both started getting tummy aches, Mr Liburd in particular began to become concerned.

Their fears grew, especially when the spot on Elijah's cheek grew bigger and Emre developed one too.
Blood tests were carried out at Calderdale at the end of February but these failed to reveal anything and they were referred to a dermatologist in Leeds.

It was thought the boys might be suffering from fat necrosis - where the body struggles to break down fat particles.

Ms Duhaney was glad that at long last they appeared to have an answer and her fears began to subside.

However, on 22 April, the vomiting problems became more acute and Nicole was unable to put Emre down without him crying.

She said: 'He was so clingy. I couldn't put him down without him crying. I had to get my mum to hold him while I went to the toilet.'

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