Toddler’s shock cancer diagnosis during ‘dream’ Qld holiday

 

What was supposed to be a sun-filled Queensland holiday has turned into a parent's worst nightmare, with a Victorian family receiving a shock diagnosis that Jamari Garang, 3, has cancer.

Jamari, his brother Cassidy, 5 and their mother Kylee Disisto are from Moe, east of Melbourne.

Last week they arrived on the Gold Coast for a holiday and to see the kid's godfather, when Jamari started to experience heavy fevers and sore legs, leaving him unable to walk.

The usually happy, energetic and bright boy was not himself.

Brothers Jamari Garang, 3 and Cassidy Garang, 5 at the start of their Queensland Holiday.
Brothers Jamari Garang, 3 and Cassidy Garang, 5 at the start of their Queensland Holiday.

It was only two days into the three week holiday when Ms Disisto was forced to take Jamari into Robina Hospital's emergency department.

Doctors found a large increase in Jamari's blast cells which is a key indicator of leukaemia.

They urgently sent him to Queensland Children's Hospital for a formal diagnosis.

In the early hours of Thursday March 25, Jamari was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukaemia, a type of blood and bone marrow cancer.

Ms Disisto described the moment she found out her three-year-old boy has cancer.

"I went into shock and screamed and went outside to be sick," she said.

"Most horrific news that I was not prepared for."

Jamari had gone to hospital in Victoria before his holiday and was told it was a bad virus.
Jamari had gone to hospital in Victoria before his holiday and was told it was a bad virus.

They hoped they could return home and be closer to family for little Jamari's treatment.

"As soon as it was confirmed that he had leukaemia they tried to find out if we could be transferred to Melbourne to start treatment, but because of him being so unwell we had to stay out and start treatment."

Due to the lockdown and Jamari's condition, the family is now stuck in Brisbane and only one other person as well as Ms Disisto can see Jamari every 24 hours.

They will find out whether they can return to Victoria in a month, depending on how Jamari responds to treatment.

Jamari and his family were holidaying on the Gold Coast from Victoria when they found out he had cancer.
Jamari and his family were holidaying on the Gold Coast from Victoria when they found out he had cancer.

"He seems to be out of a lot of the pain he was in as he hasn't been able to walk for days due to the soreness in his legs, Ms Disisto said.

"But he's having side affects from the treatments which is hard."

Jamari has had a port inserted in his chest for chemotherapy.

"We started (chemotherapy) straight away and he's onto his third lot along with daily other treatments and other meds."

A Go Fund Me has been created for little Jamari as Ms Disisto runs her own business back in Victoria and is currently at a loss of income due to being in Queensland.

You can follow Jamari's journey on Facebook at Jamari's road to recovery.

Originally published as Toddler's shock cancer diagnosis during 'dream' Qld family holiday

 



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