Toddler facing fight of her life after mysterious bruises turn out to be cancer

A toddler who had mysterious bruises appearing in unusual places has been diagnosed with leukaemia.

Emileah Murphy, 3, has battled against the blood cancer for the last seven months and despite undergoing intensive chemotherapy she has been “energetic and lively”.

Mum Holly Murphy said her world was shattered when Emileah started getting the unexplained marks, Stoke-On-Trent Live reports. 

The 32-year-old, who lives in Meir, said: “She was first diagnosed with leukaemia in April.

“She was covered with bruises, and in random places, not where you would expect a toddler to get bruises. I was quite concerned and that led to the diagnosis of leukaemia.

“It was a massive shock, I couldn’t get my head around it.

“But since the start of the treatment, she has coped with it incredibly well. It’s surprising how resilient children are.

“She’s on chemotherapy. At the start it was quite intense, but now it is in a period of maintenance and she’s able to have more of a normal routine."

The three-year-old will continue to need treatment until after her fifth birthday before she is given the all-clear.

Holly added: “When I was first told that Emileah had leukaemia, my first thought was that she would need a bone marrow transplant. But hopefully, after her treatment finishes in two-and-a-half years, that will be it.

“If the treatment fails, then the next option is stem cells, and a bone marrow transplant is the last resort.”

Holly broke the news gently to Emileah’s older brother, Kaelan, who is seven, by explaining her illness in a way that he could understand without saying ‘cancer’.

She said: “Most days, she’s just a normal three-year-old child. She’s brilliant, I am so proud of her.

"We’ve been trying to keep things as normal as possible for her, and for her brother.

Now Emileah's family are fundraising for the hospital as she continues her battle.

Proceeds from the fun day will go to the UHNM Charity, specifically for the oncology ward at the Royal Stoke University Hospital, where Emileah has been treated.

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