Terrible Mistake That Took Away The Girl’s Childhood Who Was Misdiagnosed With Cerebral Palsy

Terrible Mistake That Took Away The Girl’s Childhood Who Was Misdiagnosed With Cerebral palsy

When Melissa Mamedova was a baby doctors made a misdiagnosis that would impact her life detrimentally. This terrible error would prevent her from walking, playing, and even going to the toilet by herself.It would take away any semblance of a normal childhood.At 13 weeks Melissa, now 11, was misdiagnosed with Cerebral Palsy and the real damage began.In reality she was suffering from a malformed spine which could have been easily rectified with surgery.Mia, Melissa’s mother, knew something was wrong but when she brought up her concerns she was told she was “imagining it” by two GPs. Only when she insisted they examine her daughter more closely did they notice something was wrong and she was misdiagnosed.

As Melissa grew her malformed spine left her more debilitated until she became tetraplegic (also known as quadriplegic). She had very limited use of her arms and legs and is wheelchair bound to this day.Fortunately- if you could call it that- when Melissa’s consultant changed nearly three years later she was given her real diagnosis.Dr Tom Kerr questioned the original diagnosis and ordered another MRI. He identified vertebrae damage, not cerebral palsy, and she was referred to Stoke Mandeville Hospital.

 Melissa was finally operated on at the age of four and a half at Great Ormond Street Hospital, during which part of one of her ribs was taken out to stabilise her spine and free her spinal cord.But a lot of damage had been done by then.Mia, of Wandsworth, said: “She would have developed completely differently. She would be independent and she wouldn’t be in a wheelchair.”An emotional Mrs Mamedova talked about Melissa missing a year of nursery and how at one point she was “too shy” to go out.She said: “She was completely immobile. She couldn’t play- she couldn’t be a child.“We missed five years of life because of this.”Since the surgery, Melissa has rehab for several weeks a year at Stoke Mandeville and weekly physiotherapy. She has slowly gained movement and last year when she was ten she was able to take a couple of steps unaided for the first time.

 

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