A British mother reportedly died of a rare brain disease after doctors mistakenly diagnosed her with depression.
Shortly after the birth of her daughter in 2013, Hollie Turner, 21, began experiencing fatigue and insatiable thirst, the Daily Mirror noted.
Doctors ran tests for diabetes and thyroid problems, which proved inconclusive, according to Turner’s parents, Ray and Sherrie Thompson. Doctors then diagnosed Turner with depression.
Later, however, doctors discovered that Turner had a brain tumor caused by Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis (LCH), a rare cancer-like disease of the white blood cells.
Langerhans cells are typically used by the skin to help fight infections. LCH occurs when Langerhans cells are overproduced.
The disease causes the cells to spread throughout other parts of the body. It eventually spreads to the brain’s pituitary gland, where they can form tumors and cause permanent damage to organs.
Turner underwent chemotherapy but by that time, the disease had already caused potential permanent damage, her parents said.
Turner passed away on Jan. 24 at a care home surrounded by family. She is survived by her husband, Joe Glover, and their 2-year-old daughter, Myah Turner.
(Hollie Turner and her partner, Joe Glover. Photo Credit: Cascade News via Daily Mirror)
Friends described Turner as a funny and loving mother, who fought her illness with tremendous bravery.
“Throughout her illness, while she was suffering, she never once moaned about anything and would always put her family first,” Melissa Glover, Turner’s best friend and Joe’s sister, told the Basildon Recorder, according to the Daily Mirror. “She was so brave and a huge inspiration to those who knew her."
Excessive thirst and fatigue are both symptoms of LCH, according to the Histiocytosis Association. There are a multitude of other symptoms, inclduing: rash and/or lesions on the skin, headaches, chest pain, shortness of breath, dry cough, loss of appetite, nausea and/or diarrhea, weakness of the arms or legs, and weight loss.