When five-year-old Clara Howorth’s fever and flu didn’t go away, and her temperature became dangerously high, her concerned parents took her to BC Children’s Hospital’s Emergency Department. Upon arrival at Children’s, Clara was swiftly admitted to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit to deal with a severe infection. Her family was shocked to learn a few days later that tests revealed Clara actually had leukemia, and that she needed to start treatment right away.
Over the next few weeks, Clara lived in the hospital and the toll of her treatments began to show: Clara lost her hair, and suffered from muscle weakness, bloating and many other side effects as a result of her medications.
Throughout Clara’s treatment, the youngster and her family remained optimistic and today, and today Clara’s cancer is in remission.
In April 2014, at age 7, Clara finished her two year treatment program, and celebrated with the hospital staff the completion of her cancer journey.
The Howorths feel that the Oncology team has become a second family to them, who will continue monitor Clara’s health until she is 18 years old.
“Despite everything that our daughter had and will continue to endure, Clara has done extremely well and she knows that she’s surrounded by love,” says Andrea, Clara’s mother.