LITTLE FIGHTER: Rhianne and Ryan Pearce are immensely proud of their daughter Mia Pearce who is fighting leukaemia. Photo: contributed
LITTLE FIGHTER: Rhianne and Ryan Pearce are immensely proud of their daughter Mia Pearce who is fighting leukaemia. Photo: contributed contributed

Mia is fighting for her life for the second time

LITTLE Mia Pearce's life was turned upside-down on her second birthday.

A day that should have been filled with fun and laughter was the day her parents noticed something was wrong and later found out she had cancer.

Mia's mother Rhianne Pearce said it was the day of her party when they realised she wasn't able to put weight on her leg but they didn't expect their bubbly girl to be seriously ill.

This wasn't the first time the two-year-old's life was on the line. When Mrs Pearce was just 12 weeks pregnant with Mia, she was told there was only a 3% chance of carrying her to term.

Then if the baby survived it would have a range of medical issues including a heart condition.

The couple continued with the pregnancy and welcomed their baby girl into the world on her due date.

Mia had many medical ups and downs but just before her birthday on October 25 she was given a clean bill of health.

"We only had two weeks where we thought Mia was like every other child," Mrs Pearce said.

"We thought she had been through the worst of it.

Things changed on Mia's second birthday when she began limping on her left foot.

"The next day Mia woke up and could not bear weight on her legs," Mrs Pearce said.

"We both felt a sense of unease and took her to the doctor as soon as they opened."

An x-ray was ordered but didn't show anything unusual. Two days later, when Mia was still unable to walk, the doctor ordered an ultrasound.

Five days later the parents were advised to take Mia to the Bundaberg Hospital for blood testing and later that night they were informed the results indicated possible leukaemia.

"We were kept in isolation overnight to minimise Mia's exposure to any viruses or illness, and left the following day for the Lady Cilento Children's Hospital," Mrs Pearce said.

Mia was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia.

Mrs Pearce said Mia was a warrior and would fight off the illness as she had in the past.

"She has defied everything we were told by the doctors to date - she has proved everyone wrong and she just keeps going," she said.

"We had two weeks of no worries and thoughts that our little girl was healthy like every other child.

"Then she became sick again.

"We can just say we definitely know our way around the Brisbane hospitals."

News of Bundaberg's brave little girl spread across social media and a Go Fund Me account was set up to help the family.

Mrs Pearce said the family's lives had changed dramatically since the diagnosis. She was about to start a new job in Bundaberg the day Mia was taken to the doctor and the next six months will be spent in Brisbane while Mia undergoes daily cancer treatment.

The family is thankful friends, family and strangers donated more than $24,000 to help support them while Mia again returns to a clean bill of health.

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