A mother in the U.K. is looking for answers after her daughter died of undiagnosed stomach cancer. This followed months of profuse vomiting to which the doctors said that her daughter merely wanted to be thin.
Georgia Marrison, 18, began to regularly vomit a few months before she died. Medical professionals believed she was suffering from severe anemia and prescribed her iron tablets, Daily Mail reports.
One doctor brushed it off saying that she was vomiting on purpose to be “paper thin” like other teenage girls.
Georgia’s mother, Joanne, 51, insisted that doctors run more tests on her daughter. She was finally diagnosed with an aggressive form of stomach cancer in September, the very same day she was to move to the University of Sheffield to study English Literature.
By that time, the cancer had already spread to her eyes and ovaries.
She later died on November 11, 2014.
“I’m not saying that they could have saved Georgia because the cancer was so aggressive but she was ignored so many times and it was because she was a teenager,” Joanne told the Mirror. “This has to stop.”
Georgia’s symptoms began in May of last year. She reportedly felt tired and one day she noticed her eye was swelling up. When she went to go see a doctor though she was informed she had anemia.
“One doctor said to her ‘Georgia you are looking very pale and I know what you 18-year-old girls are like for wanting to look like stick insects,’” Joanne said.
Joanne says she hopes that her daughter’s death will help bring light to the health issues of teenagers.
“There is a Teenage Cancer Unit in Sheffield and that obviously means that it is on the increase,” said Joanne. “If GPs are just going to ignore the warning signs because someone is 18, 19, or 20 then their actions are wrong.”
Despite visiting doctors regularly, Georgia's health continued to decline. She eventually lost nearly 30 pounds of weight, and once collapsed before seeing her doctor, Daily Mail reports.
"On one occasion she came home after a doctor's appointment and said: 'Why won't nobody believe me?'" Joanne recounted.
Georgia was eventually taken to the Northern General Hospital in September. Later, she was transferred to the Royal Hallamshire Hospital, and doctors there discovered that she had meningitis, a rare side effect of the cancer.
"Georgia was amazing," Joanne said. "She never caused any trouble and caused a wicked sense of humor. I used to hear parents always say that their children look up to them but I looked up to her, she was incredible."
"She loved her music and two weeks before she died the cancer unit arranged for her to meet Paolo Nutini at Sheffield Arena," she added. "He gave her a plectrum which she was buried with."
Joanne, who has another daughter named Alex, 15, hopes that her daughter’s death will be an example to others.
"I want parents who have a daughter or son experiencing the same symptoms as Georgia to think 'I need to go back to the doctor's with my child,'" she said.
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