as told by his mom, Leda.
On the evening of April 7, 2014, we received a call from our pediatrician telling us that the results of Cristiano’s recent blood test had come in. The pediatrician told us that the test showed that Cristiano, our beautiful 21-month old boy, had Leukemia. We were told to go to London’s Children’s Hospital immediately as the pediatrician had admitted Cristiano, and the oncology team in London would be waiting for us. We left dinner on the table, packed up enough clothes for what we thought was going to be a brief stay, and made our way to London.
Upon arrival at the children’s emergency department, we were ushered straight through to a private room where Cristiano underwent many pokes, IV placements and multiple x-rays. He was then admitted to the 6th floor. The very next day, Cristiano had a lumbar puncture, bone marrow biopsy and Hickman line insertion. A couple of days later, our oncologist confirmed that Cristiano had mixed lineage of Leukemia, an uncommon but not rare form of Leukemia that is a mix of both ALL and AML.
After much discussion and research, our oncologist started Cristiano on a high risk protocol for ALL. We spent 41 days in London’s Children’s Hospital before being released. It was during this time that we met Renee at Childcan, who provided us with lots of support.
Cristiano is currently in remission and is in the maintenance phase of his chemotherapy protocol that is scheduled to end in July 2017. He started Junior Kindergarten in September, and every now and then asks us when we are going to go back to “Dr. Cairney’s house!”