Honored Kid

Matthew Bryan

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Location

Charlotte, NC, US

Diagnosis

Hepatoblastoma

Date of Diagnosis

July 2000

Status

Angel

Treated At

Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital Johns Hopkins Children's Center

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My Story

On July 13, 2000 we heard the words no parent should ever have to hear - 'your child has cancer'.  Matthew Thomas Bryan was only 4 years old when I had taken him to  5 different pediatricians, trying to find an answer to his unusual symptoms.  In 6 months Matthew was misdiagnosed with everything from a virus to being anemic.  On Friday a pediatrician told me to give him a multi-vitamin and come back in 8-weeks.  The following Monday I drove him to see a different pediatrician who had just joined the practice and was a recent medical school graduate.  After palpitating Matthews' abdomen he said his liver was enlarged 4-fingers breadth and by the size of it, had been that way for some time.  He told us to take him immediately to the children's hospital where a scan showed Matthew had a rare childhood solid tumor, Hepatoblastoma.  The next two years Matthew endured 10 rounds of chemo; 8 surgeries; an 11-hour liver-resection at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore with a 6-week recovery; radiation treatment at Emory hospital in Atlanta; and brain surgery.  Despite massive prayers, alternative treatment and faithful family and friends my precious Matthew passed away at 6 years old on August 25, 2002.  I pray we find why children have cancer and that it leads to a cure in our lifetime.  No child should ever have to fight this battle. 

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