Buxton tot faces 12 weeks of chemo to fight rare medical condition

Isla Mansfield is fighting the rare condition Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis.
Isla Mansfield is fighting the rare condition Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis.

A Buxton toddler - born with a condition so rare only 50 people in the country get diagnosed with it every year - has started an intensive course of chemotherapy to try and make her better.

Isla Mansfield is only two-years-old and earlier in the month she was diagnosed with Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis - which is a clonal proliferation of Langerhans cells, abnormal cells deriving from bone marrow and capable of migrating from skin to lymph nodes.

Her mum Rachael Hodgkinson is now trying to raise money as she will be off work throughout Isla’s treatment and dad Dave will be taking time off when needed. She also wants to give back to Sheffield Children’s Hospital, where the little girl spent four weeks as doctors tried to find a diagnosis.

She said: “Words can’t describe how much suffering and pain Isla has been through, but she’s a fighter. She became poorly last year but took a serious dip in mid-March. Since then things have just spiralled downhill for her.”
At Sheffield, Isla was found to have an enlarged spleen and liver, and fluid around her heart. She has undergone numerous ultrasounds, two MRIs, three bone marrow biopsies and a lumbar puncture. She has also had a skin biopsy, a further two blood transfusions and is currently being fed through a tube.

Rachael, who lives on Cross Street and has three older children, said: “Dave and I have big families and a great support network, and local businesses have been great too.

“It has been so overwhelming how people have just got behind us and I can’t thank people enough. It’s times of trouble when you realise how many people care about you.”