Compassionate, Expert Care Makes the Difference in Jeremy’s Neuroblastoma Case
When Jeremy was a toddler, his family took him to Cincinnati Children’s for an ultrasound due to a distended stomach. Doctors found a tumor, and Jeremy was diagnosed with intermediate-risk neuroblastoma. Five months of treatment followed and today he’s a happy and healthy 8-year-old.
Jeremy was a bouncy, energetic toddler. He was meeting milestones and saying lots of words, like “mama” and “dada,” “uh-oh” and “ball.”
Then, in the fall of 2015, his mom, Lauren, noticed that Jeremy’s stomach seemed swollen. Some laughed it off as “cute.” Lauren wasn’t so sure and decided to share her concerns during Jeremy’s 15-month well-child appointment.
The pediatrician couldn’t feel anything concerning during a manual exam, but told Lauren to bring Jeremy back the following month for a recheck.
During the second exam, Jeremy howled in pain when the pediatrician felt something unusual. Unsure what it was, she ordered X-rays and told Lauren and her husband, Mark, it was likely a case of impacted stool. They then took their son across the street to Cincinnati Children’s Anderson neighborhood location for X-rays.
That evening, Mark answered a call from the pediatrician. Lauren overhead the phrase “big mass.” She also heard that, whatever it was, it was outside of any organs. The pediatrician remained hopeful that it was impacted stool and scheduled Jeremy for an ultrasound the following day at Cincinnati Children’s.
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When the family arrived at the hospital, they left Jeremy’s sippy cup in the car’s cup holder. It would remain there for the next five months.
“It was almost a relic, frozen in time. It got to the point where I was scared to touch it,” said Lauren, who also left her purse in the car, figuring she would only need her wallet with her during the ultrasound.