The family of a Warwickshire girl struck with a ‘mystery illness’ is now raising funds for specialist medical treatment. Sofia Wilcox, aged three, began suffering from health issues when she was just two months old.
Mum Danielle Creed, 33, said her daughter Sofia would vomit in her sleep ‘every night’, cough excessively and struggled to breathe. Danielle rushed her daughter to the GP, but they diagnosed the tot with asthma and gave her inhalers to help curb her breathing problems.
But Sofia’s condition only worsened. The toddler was prescribed antibiotics regularly to control her fevers, and doctors were left scratching their heads as to why the child’s condition was not improving.
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Danielle said she took Sofia to the GP at least ‘200 times’ over the past three years in a desperate bid to get her daughter diagnosed. But she said doctors still could not find what the root of the problem was.
The mum-of-four, from Rugby, said: “Sofia had undiagnosed acid reflux and was vomiting in her sleep every night from the age of two months old. She had a constant cough and lots of problems with her breathing. Doctors kept saying she had asthma and gave me inhalers.
“Sofia has been having this problem from birth and the acid had been going to her chest. I kept ringing my doctors and taking her to hospital and they kept saying it was viral.”
She continued: “My daughter was ill every single week. I’ve taken her to the GP at least 200 times in the past three years.
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“She’s in and out of hospital all the time and she gets so upset to go. Sofia spent her second birthday at Warwick Hospital.
“We then took her to Coventry Hospital and she saw a specialist. She was given antibiotics every month and has been getting constant ear pains.
“We’ve been referred to a respiratory consultant because of the pain Sofia is in, but they still can’t find a diagnosis for her.” Danielle often breaks down in tears seeing her daughter in constant agony and has shelved her wedding plans while she attempts to get Sofia seen by specialists.
She said: “It has affected my mental health. It made me very poorly seeing my child in so much pain for that long, any normal human being would just break down, and I broke down many times.”
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