A worried mum whose daughter's urine turned brown, before doctors discovered she had hepatitis, feared she would need a liver transplant after the disease caught the family off guard.
Madison Benham from Wishaw, North Lanarkshire, Scotland was diagnosed with the virus on Thursday, May 19, reports the Daily Record.
Her mum Chloe Benham had rushed her to her GP at Clyde View Medical Practice after her dad noticed her urine was dark brown.
Following an abnormal urine sample and bloods to check her liver function, four-year-old Madison was sent to Wishaw General Hospital where doctors confirmed the diagnosis.
Chloe, 24, told the Record: "It came as a shock. We knew absolutely nothing about hepatitis. It was so unexpected, so I felt really stressed and confused as to how she had contracted it.
"We had taken her to the GP because her dad noticed her urine was brown and we knew something must have been wrong.
"She had been sick on and off for the last few weeks, but apart from that she was her usual happy self."
Madison's liver enzyme levels were significantly elevated and doctors are still attempting to get them to return to a normal level.
The youngster is now suffering from jaundice and is having to have daily blood tests to monitor her liver's function.
Chloe said she doesn't know how long Madison will remain in hospital as medics continue to observe her condition and any possible long term damage.
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She added: "Doctors said that she is over the worst but I can't help but worry.
"I now know if hepatitis goes undetected it can cause liver failure, so we were worried she would need a transplant.
"It's absolutely terrifying being in a situation like this, especially with no treatment for it.
"The doctor still doesn't know how this has happened.
"I'm just so glad we got her bloods checked when we did and she's now in the right place getting the help she needs."
Last month, The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) announced the launch of an investigation into a hepatitis outbreak in children under 10 across the UK.
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