An 11-year-old girl in the UK is finally on the mend after doctors mistook her life-threatening burst appendix for a stomach bug for several weeks.
According to The Daily Mail, Daizy Adams first began complaining of severe stomach pain just before she and her family left on a vacation to Spain.
Sharyn Partridge, Daizy’s mother, revealed that her daughter was in constant pain and quickly started losing weight.
After rushing to the hospital, Partridge said Daizy was almost immediately sent right back home, despite being in a world of pain.
“Her bones were sticking out. She looked like she'd lost a couple of stone. She was saying to me, "Mum, I don't want to look at myself,” Partridge said. “I took her home and she was just lolling on the sofa. It wasn't right, it wasn't like her at all. She's usually a maniac, she a very hyperactive kid.”
“I was absolutely heartbroken to see her like that, with the weight loss. It was so hard to see her like that,” she added. “I had to take her to the toilet - she was like an 80-year-old woman, she'd be bent over.”
It wasn’t until Daizy’s appendix essentially exploded and was “nowhere to be seen” that Partridge says doctors realized the 11-year-old had a serious infection.
“She could have died if I hadn't called the doctor's again when I did,” Partridge said. “She's very wary of doctors now, she's very angry at them. And she's been begging me not to take her back to Derriford.”
“She's going to get there, she's a good kid. I'm slowly getting my crazy Daizy back,” she added. “I was very angry at the doctors. I nearly lost my daughter. I'm still angry now. They did not see that she had a dangerous infection.”
After five hours of surgery, doctors revealed to Partridge that they had never seen a case of a burst appendix quite as bad as her daughter’s.
“The surgeon said in 30 years they have never seen anything like that,” the stunned mom said. “Her appendix was nowhere to be seen, just pockets of puss with infection, and the infection had started to attack her bowel so they had to repair it.”
“They had to wash her out to try and get rid of the infection. From then on the doctors were fantastic. I was so relieved I hugged the surgeons,” she added.
Although Daizy is still in pain, Partridge says she is relieved that her brave daughter is finally on the mend.