Parents of seriously ill Stevenage toddler still have no answers from doctors

TEST results show a two-year-old girl, taken seriously ill and hospitalised days before she was due to be bridesmaid at her parents wedding, does not have cancer as feared. Libby Danaher, of Haycroft Road in Stevenage, was admitted into isolation on the

TEST results show a two-year-old girl, taken seriously ill and hospitalised days before she was due to be bridesmaid at her parents' wedding, does not have cancer as feared.

Libby Danaher, of Haycroft Road in Stevenage, was admitted into isolation on the Bluebell ward at Lister Hospital with a distended liver, kidney and spleen which were not functioning. She had also lost most of her hair, had a severe fever, and two blood disorders were detected by doctors.

Her parents, Isobel and Phil, married at Stevenage Register Office on February 5 amid fears their daughter may have leukaemia.

But test results have now ruled out cancer of any kind.


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Mrs Danaher, 26, met with a paediatric doctor at Lister yesterday (Wednesday). She said: "Libby had an ultrasound on Monday and her organs are still twice the size they should be and are still not functioning.

"Low platelet and neutrophil levels were pointing to a type of cancer, but they are saying the cancer tests are negative."

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Mrs Danaher, who has two other children, said she is still waiting for 11 test results, most of which are for viral infections, and has been permitted to care for Libby at home in the meantime.

"It's the not knowing, I can't stand it," she said. "I have still had no answers and it's just a nightmare.

"Whatever it is, she can't live her life like this."

Libby has been referred to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge.

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