Seemingly Healthy Six Year Old's Dental Pain Found To Be Leukaemia
When Hunter's family noticed a lump on her jaw in the latter half of 2018, they took her to see a doctor.
After months of medical appointments, Hunter was given a prescription for antibiotics to fix her suspected dental problem.
The lump on her face continued to grow until one night, the six-year-old from Maryborough, Queensland woke in excruciating pain. She also had a headache and was feeling sick.
Hunter's family took her to Maryborough Hospital and after examining the build-up of pus under her skin, doctors believed the lump on her jaw was an abscess.
Not long after, doctors told Hunter's family their little girl had cancer. The family was immediately flown to Queensland Children's Hospital in Brisbane.
"We then learned that hunty has t-cell type leukaemia," Hunter's grandfather Lee Spindler wrote on a GoFundMe page.
Spindler set up the page in an appeal for public assistance to deal with the costs of the unexpected diagnosis.
T-cell cancer is an aggressive, fast-moving type of Leukaemia. It attacks lymphoid-cell-producing stem cells that help the body fight infection.
"Her medical expenses as well as food, fuel, parking, maintenance on the car ... are extremely expensive and is a lot more then I receive," Spindler wrote.
"I am not one to usually ask for help but I have no other choice but to reach out and ask for all the help that I can get."
Hunter's family have been travelling the three hours between Maryborough and Brisbane to see her. The most recent update on the GoFundMe page includes a photo showing Hunter smiling, where she appears in good spirits.
Hunter's mother Krissy also posted photos of her daughter saying she's putting up a strong fight against cancer.
According to the GoFundMe page, Hunter is not allowed to go home due to a high volume of appointments and treatments that are keeping her in Brisbane.
The GoFundMe page has so far raised over $4,900 to help with little Hunter's treatment.
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