The mother noticed a ‘subtle change’ in her four-year-old daughter before she was diagnosed with leukemia

After her four-year-old daughter was diagnosed with cancer, a mother urged her parents to have confidence in their instincts.

Annabelle Broom noticed that Ferrin Broom’s mood was erratic and that her temperature had risen just a week before doctors confirmed she had leukemia.

The 32-year-old, from the Highlands near Golpose, Scotland, told her gut that there was something “off” about her child when changes began to appear during sleep.

But nothing could prepare him for what was to come, reports Daily Records.

The couple’s mother, Annabelle, said Ferrin was “extremely healthy and fit and normal” when she suddenly “became overly emotional with the little things and her temperature began to rise at night.”

“I just knew something was off,” he explained.

Ferin was diagnosed with cancer a few days after her mother noticed her symptoms


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Ferryn’s GP did some blood tests as a precaution, and Annabelle took her daughter home hoping she needed a little more than antibiotics to help her feel better.

But the situation soon turned into the worst nightmare for every parent, when paramedics woke the family at their front door at 1am on Friday, April 1st.

Physicians explained that Ferrin needed urgent medical attention and that she had been rushed to a hospital in Rigmore, Inverness, where her mother, Annabelle, had been misled.

Shortly afterwards, doctors at the hospital broke the devastating news to Annabelle that Ferrin had cancer, which further tests confirmed was acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

The treatment of the brave girl has started


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The Broom family is concerned about the amount of debt they have incurred


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The baby was then transported by ambulance to the Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital, where he was given emergency blood transfusions.

Annabelle said: “When the paramedics came to the door we only knew that Ferrin was very bad. It was terrible.

“They won’t tell me what’s going on in the ambulance because I was having a panic attack, but when we got to the hospital they told me the news very gently.”

Ferrin, who has since undergone another blood transfusion, is now being treated for six months of intensive care, which includes intensive chemotherapy.

Ferrin was taken to Rigmore Hospital in Inverness at midnight



The two-year outpatient patient will then be treated and her parents have been told she is unlikely to be completely clean until she is eight years old.

Now Annabelle is urging other parents to believe in their instincts if they see any change in their child’s health or behavior.

He added: “I caught it early, because I noticed a subtle change in it.

He added: “My advice to every parent is that if everyone around you says ‘OK’, then push them to think of what you need because if I had not pushed it would have been the next diagnosis and we could have had a problem.” It’s a very different situation. “

Now Annabelle and Ferrin’s father, Ed, who is both self-employed, faces another nightmare situation with the family separated by a 160-mile journey between hospital and home.

The three-hour round trip is costing the family hundreds of pounds of fuel, and they are in danger of sinking into debt.

Annabelle says: “I was in the hospital with Ferrin when my husband was at home with our son Joseph.

“We want to see each other every day, but it costs about £ 80 per trip.

“Rising energy costs are putting pressure on our declining incomes. We will do what we have to do and most importantly our ferry.

A fundraiser has been launched to support the family, with more than £ 1,000 already raised as a gathering of their community.

You can donate to Ferrin’s fundraiser here.

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