Inspirational Rutherglen schoolgirl Kaiann McAllister, whose blood most cancers resulted in agonising fractures on her crumbling backbone and blood clots on her mind and lungs brought on by brutal chemotherapy, has demonstrated her zest for all times and a fiesty dedication to beat her sickness by lastly going again to high school.
Kaiann is actually residing as much as the title ‘Little Warrior,’ which mum Sharon gave her when medical doctors broke the information in February 2019 that she has leukaemia.
Watching their lady return to the classroom within the midst of a pandemic has been significantly worrying for folks of three, Sharon and Mark.
Because of help from her “fantastic” lecturers, Kaiann is settling again into life at St Mark’s Major – though Sharon says she does get down when she has to take a sick day or day trip to attend hospital.
Regardless of 19 months of each day chemotherapy throughout which she requested her dad and mom if she was going to die, Kaiann has confronted an unimaginable combat – but, nonetheless she demonstrates a resolve to assist different children like her win their battle with most cancers.
Impressed by Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody, the schoolgirl from her hospital mattress hit on the concept of Go Gold Reside – a significant occasion to be staged at Glasgow Barrowland to lift funds for 5 charities.
On Friday – the day Kaiann and different younger sufferers on her ward on the Royal Hospital for Kids in Glasgow had been resulting from make an look on the Go Gold Reside stage – Sharon shared images and tales on the occasion’s Fb web page which laid naked the truth of the monumental journey these youngsters are on.
Kaiann, her dad and mom and brothers Kalin, 19, and three-year-old Karsson, are decided to stage the fundraiser – which was postponed resulting from coronavirus – on the brand new date of August 21, 2021, once they hope to draw prime acts together with Paolo Nutini, Lewis Capaldi and Gerry Cinnamon.
The occasion may even be a platform for opening the viewers’s eyes to tales and pictures of childhood most cancers that Sharon says individuals typically don’t wish to see.
It’s an unbelievable feat for a lady who nonetheless consults neurologists who examine her head trauma to that of a mind harm leading to slight reminiscence loss, giving rise to new struggles along with her once-strong college topic, spelling. That’s simply one of many many challenges that make Kaiann’s skill to return to high school much more outstanding.
When therapy was at its most brutal, Kaiann had to make use of a wheelchair and discover ways to stroll once more.
Sharon defined: “She couldn’t eat for weeks, her mouth was that sore, and she or he needed to be moved on to her facet and particular pads had been utilized to assist the sores. She additionally wanted laser therapy for her mouth.
“She has extra fractures on her backbone and desires bone infusions to attempt to strengthen her bones. She’s had blood transfusions, platelet transfusions, transfusions for a critical electrolyte imbalance.
“She was rushed to emergency theatre with a life-threatening an infection on her leg, and sepsis that has now left her with dangerous scarring.
“Her physique is roofed in scars – one thing that impacts Kaiann mentally, as does the lack of her pretty lengthy hair.”
Though she maintains that GPs must be educated about indicators of childhood most cancers after Kaiann obtained quite a few false diagnoses, Sharon is stuffed with reward for her daughter’s marketing consultant, Dr Brenda Gibson.
“Hopefully, Kaiann will ring the bell on her eleventh birthday on Could 3 to suggest the top of her therapy,” she mentioned.
“Kaiann’s marketing consultant has been fantastic to get her this far, contemplating she was so very in poor health at first.
“Dr Gibson is a superb lady who does wonderful issues. She went above and past, and got here in on days when she was not meant to be working to ensure Kaiann was wonderful at occasions when she was so unwell.”
Sharon hopes that by sharing Kaiann’s story throughout Childhood Most cancers Consciousness Month, it would heighten consciousness concerning the toll the sickness takes on the entire household.
“Childhood most cancers is heartbreaking for all of the household and also you’re careworn each single day,” she mentioned.
“On the age of 1, our little boy spent most of 2019 in a hospital seeing his massive sister sick, holding her sick bowl and her oxygen masks for her.
“You see the grins on Fb, however what you don’t see is the harm, the ache and the psychological results.”