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Alexander Josephs : Mother tells how she had to save her eight-year-old son’s life after MRI scan showing an aggressive brain tumour was lost in the NHS) Wiki, Bio, Age, Instagram, Twitter & Quick Facts

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Eight-year-old Alexander Josephs from Birmingham had to wait six months from his first seizure to surgery, due to a clerical error and cancellations caused by the pandemic.

Alexander underwent ten-hour surgery to remove the tumor in March 2021, but it grew back just a few weeks later.

When the ambulance arrived, Alexander was still suffering and was rushed to A&E near the family’s home in Plumstead, where he was admitted.

On his arrival at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Woolwich, doctors thought it was something “one-off”, but after seeing a pediatrician, Alexander was sent for a routine MRI and electroencephalogram (EEG). As a precautionary measure.

However, with the increasing pressure of the pandemic, the boy’s brain scan was not performed until two months later, in mid-November.

After waiting a month for the scan results, Rhonda began to worry.

She said: ‘In the middle of December, I was thinking, ‘where are the results?’ She didn’t know how long it would take, so I figured no news should be good news.

“I thought I was going to be fine and that they would contact me if there was any problem.”

Just a few days before Christmas, Alexander had another seizure and lost movement on one side of his body.

Rhonda took her son back to Princess Royal University Hospital A&E in Bromley, where she explained that she had previously had a seizure and that she was awaiting the results.

She said: “I took him to a Kings partner hospital and they said they could look up his [outstanding] results, so the A&E doctor went to get them and then he came into the room and said, ‘Oh yeah, we know. that is, he has a brain tumor.

She told me in front of Alex, who had just turned seven.

“He said he was fine and on the report it looked like a slow growing tumor and he told me he was fine and he told me to go home and call back tomorrow.

Despite having an MRI in September
Although he had an MRI done in September after his first seizure, a clerical error meant that the results, which indicated a tumor, were not addressed until three months later.

After an agonizing effort trying to contact the hospital, Rhonda managed to get through to the pediatrician they originally saw at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, who told them to go directly and that Alexander was scanned the next day.

The consulting pediatrician apologized to the mother of two and allegedly admitted to the clerical error that resulted in the scans not being flagged.

Rhonda said: “He told me ‘we’re really sorry, but for some reason the MRI didn’t flag in the system that he had a tumor, so he’s just been sitting there.'”

After finally being treated, Alexander’s case was transferred to the neurology department where Rhonda and her husband Jermaine, 45, had a meeting with the doctors caring for her son.

Despite being told that Alexander would have to wait for treatment, the couple decided to do their own research and discovered that this type of tumor was not only rare in children, but that there were two types.

She said: ‘There’s a slow-growing benign one that normally goes unnoticed until people are in their 50s and there’s a cancerous version that grows much faster, but my maternal instincts kicked in and I knew it was cancer. ‘

Rather than being a “slow-growing” tumor, it was actually a “very aggressive high-grade glioma tumor” and in just eight weeks, the cancer had spread to her spine.

Rhonda said: “I begged the surgeons to do the surgery but they convinced me to put me on a ‘wait and see’ list which is their protocol but I think that needs to change.”

“The main thing they told me in that meeting was that he [the surgeon] could get to [the tumor] and remove it and I was very relieved, but they told me to wait and see what he would do.

Finally, in March, Alexander underwent ten-hour brain surgery to remove

Finally, in March, Alexander underwent 10-hour brain surgery to remove the aggressive tumor and, according to his mother, he recovered “surprisingly well” and even started going to school to see his friends. .

However, within weeks of undergoing surgery, the family received the dreaded news that the tumor had already grown back.

Rhonda said: “Alexander not only had to endure painful spinal surgery, but as soon as his little body could handle it, two weeks later, he had to undergo another brain surgery.” He had to go through it all again.

After enduring the surgeries, Alexander began an intensive six-week course of radiation therapy to try to destroy what’s left.

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