Baby diagnosed with cancer receives chemo overdose

This has to be one of the saddest stories I have ever read. Eleven month old Isaac Harrison who is battling a rare form of brain cancer is now fighting for his life after receiving an overdose of chemotherapy.


Isaac was given 10 times the dose of chemotherapy he was supposed to receive while undergoing treatment at the St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia. After first being diagnosed with cancer in August he was only given one month to live.

“It’s like a nightmare,” Kwamane Harrison said, adding his son’s cancer is so rare, doctors told him no one else in the city has it.

Since there have only been six known cases in medical history, doctors said they would have to come up with their own formula for treatment, according to Harrison.

One doctor told the family Isaac may only live a week after being diagnosed.

That was in late August.

Isaac began chemotherapy at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, where Harrison said his son was given 10 times the dose of chemotherapy he was supposed to get. That went on for five days, according to Harrison.

“They said this was one of the biggest medical mistakes in 35 years,” said Harrison, whose son is now fighting under the care of doctors at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. “He goes through all of these pains, losing hair, crying excessively from all the pain he’s going through.”



My prayers go out to the Harrison family and especially baby Isaac.

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