Boy dies of brain cancer after symptoms were mistaken for food poisoning

Charlie Carter

Charlie Carter died of an aggressive brain tumor (Image: Submitted)

A young boy tragically died after eye pain and vomiting were found to be stage four cancer.

Doctors initially mistook Charlie Carter’s symptoms for food poisoning.

However, after his parents insisted on a brain scan and biopsy, it was determined that he had grade 4 glioblastoma multiforme, the most aggressive and malignant tumor.

Charlie, who lived with his family in Edgware, London, died a few years ago from the aggressive tumour, and his parents now support a center aiming to find a cure for the deadliest childhood cancers, reports My London.

Charlie first told his mother, Karen, that he was feeling unwell at the age of five in a “random episode” in the summer of 2009, when he got out of bed crying in pain.

Due to his projectile vomiting, his parents took him to the emergency room, who sent him home with a diagnosis of food poisoning.

Karen Carter with Charlie

Karen Carter with Charlie (Image: Submitted)

In the weeks that followed, he had episodes of severe eye pain and vomited again.

Eye and blood tests showed nothing abnormal, but his mother became increasingly concerned when he started vomiting every day.

But after a brain scan and biopsy, it was tragically revealed that Charlie had grade 4 glioblastoma multiforme.

Karen said on hearing the diagnosis: “Charlie’s father was furious with the medics for missing it so many times.

“I remember feeling utter despair. I can’t even explain the feeling – it was the most excruciating pain.

“It can’t happen to our Charlie, to us — it’s just something you read about or hear about.”

The Institute for Cancer Research

The Institute for Cancer Research aims to find a cure for the deadliest of childhood cancers (Image: Institute for Cancer Research)

Charlie underwent surgery, radiation and chemotherapy, but died eight months later at the age of just six, despite his parents fighting to find a cure.

Karen added: “In desperation, we asked various hospitals around the world for help and second opinions, but it seemed like nobody could change the outcome.

“We’ve spent hours and hours looking for a cure for our little boy with doors slamming in our faces.

“It was exhausting and exhausting, but we were desperate for a cure.

“Charlie knew he had a bump in his head and the doctors were trying to shrink it.

“He never complained, although he asked, ‘Why me, mom?’ a few times.

“We tried to explain that sometimes things happen and we all have to be strong. I promised him he would be better because we believed in it.”

She welcomed the news this week, March 20, that Brain Tumor Research has awarded a £2.5million grant to the Institute of Cancer Research to open a new centre.

The new Sutton-based center has ambitious plans to identify new treatments for high-grade glioma brain tumors that occur in children and adolescents – including the type of tumor that Charlie died of, glioblastoma (GBM).

The median survival time for the vast majority of these tumors is only nine to 18 months.

dr Karen Noble, director of research, policy and innovation at Brain Tumor Research, said: “The aim is that within the next five years this work will lead to studies so that we can give families real hope for the future.

“The current situation means that people who are already in the direst of circumstances often have no choice but to seek and fund legal proceedings abroad, with all the costs, upheaval and uncertainty that this entails .”

For Karen and the rest of the family, they said that losing Charlie changed their lives forever and will not get any easier no matter how long ago it was.

Karen described Charlie as a “funny, smart” six-year-old who was popular at his school, Broadfields in Edgware.

Charlie was a big Adam Sandler fan and had a special fondness for rhinos, which were his favorite animals, his mother added.

He enjoyed dressing up as his favorite superheroes, especially Spiderman.

His favorite singer was Michael Jackson and he practiced his dance moves over and over again.

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