Meet the Children: Carmello

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When Jasmin’s son, Carmello was two he started having breathing spells, where he held his breath for long stretches of time. Concerned, Jasmin took him to the doctor, who explained that they were just temper tantrums, and that he would eventually grow out of them.

Months later, the breathing spells returned. Jasmin took notes during each episode and shared them with Carmello’s doctor, who directed to them to a neurologist. After several tests, they were sent home without answers. Carmello continued to have breathing spells, became lethargic, bruised easily, lost weight and spiked high fevers. His doctors insisted it was a viral infection, but Jasmin knew something more was going on. Finally, they ran a blood test and found that Carmello had leukemia.

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