A 16-year-old from Tampa, Florida says he his was diagnosed with the flu only to find out months later that he had cancer.
Hunter Brady says he went to go see his doctor in November after feeling ill for several weeks. The 16-year-old told the pediatrician that he was experiencing feelings of being tired and a shortness of breath and his pediatrician said it was most likely the flu.
Weeks later, Hunter’s parents rushed him to the emergency room after realizing his symptoms were not getting better.
“We weren’t aware at the time his right lung was collapsed and his left lung was 30 percent collapsed he was having trouble breathing,” Hunter’s mom, Cheryl Brady told reporters.
Hunter underwent multiple surgeries to drain the fluid from his lungs and heart as well as a blood transfusion, a bone marrow biopsy. That’s also when doctors found that he was not suffering from the flu but actually had stage four Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
The 16-year-old is now undergoing chemotherapy at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital.
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