Jessie Stocks remains in hospital, battling infections and viruses (Photo: Michelle Rawlins)
A mother’s intuition is always right most times especially when it comes to their kids. Mums should always follow their heart, No one knows a child than the mother.
A mum claims she took her poorly baby girl to medics more than 50 times before she was diagnosed with cancer .
Mel Stocks says she sensed something wasn't right with her tiny daughter, Jessie, when she was just one week old.
But she says she spent 14 months visiting doctors and hospitals before the youngster was diagnosed with leukaemia .
She even claims that she was dubbed an "overprotective mother" and a "time waster" as she sought help for her daughter.
“All that time, I just knew there was something wrong with Jessie," said Mel, who now lives in Barnsley, South Yorkshire.
"She had no appetite, was very lethargic and continually had flu-like symptoms.
"She was poorly from being days old.”
The youngster, who was diagnosed with leukaemia aged 14 months, is pictured with her parents and sister (Photo: Michelle Rawlins)
She added that, when she visited one doctor, she was told: "If she gets any worse, don’t bring her here and waste our time again, take her to A&E."
Mel had a feeling something was wrong with Jessie shortly after her birth.
“I already had one daughter, so knew the difference between a well and poorly baby," she said.
"She wasn’t as alert as her sister had been, and was very prone to nasty colds and chest infections.
"It was as though she had no immune system and couldn’t fight anything off."
She added that she took her daughter to several GP surgeries, hospitals and walk-in centres in a bid to find out what was wrong.
"She was prescribed anti-biotics more times than I can remember, but they never made any real difference," claimed the mum of two.
Aged nine months, Jessie's appetite began to vanish and she started suffering from diarrhoea, as well as night sweats.
She would wake up dripping wet and, in the weeks before her devastating diagnosis, her mum felt lumps under her rib cage.
Mel claims that, when she mentioned these lumps to a doctor, she was ignored.
She says it was only when another medic examined Jessie, during a second visit to the doctor's, that her daughter was sent straight to hospital.
There, the youngster was reportedly diagnosed with an iron deficiency and severe anaemia. But within weeks, she developed spots on her ankles.
After more hospital visits, a consultant realised something was seriously wrong and diagnosed Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia.
The little girl is pictured with her mum, Mel, and her seven-year-old sister, Macy (Photo: Michelle Rawlins)
“Up until then, I was made to feel neurotic and panicking over nothing, but all that time I just knew something was wrong with my little girl," said Mel.
Two weeks after Jessie's leukaemia diagnosis, a bone marrow test revealed the youngster also had a Philadelphia chromosome gene.
This is rare in children and made the leukaemia difficult to treat.
Jessie, then aged only 14 months, needed a platelet and blood transfusion.
She was also started on chemotherapy.
But Mel was devastated to later learn that the treatment was not working and her daughter would need a bone marrow transplant.
She says the little girl needed an intense, high dose of chemotherapy to get her small body ready for the procedure last year.
Today, Jessie is leukaemia free.