Girl, 5, comforted by little sister in a heartbreaking picture showing childhood cruelty

Arianna Solieri’s parents initially thought her pain was caused by a new bed before she was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer in November 2021

Arianna Solieri has a rare form of childhood cancer
Arianna Solieri with three-year-old sister Mya helps

This powerful image shows a brave five-year-old girl being comforted by her little sister while battling childhood cancer.

Little Arianna Solieri was told she has a rare and aggressive form of the disease after complaining of a back pain.

Parents, Chris Solieri, 34, and Abigail Solieri, 33, said “it was the most devastating week of our lives” when their daughter was diagnosed.

Since then, Arianna has received six rounds of chemotherapy at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London and is an inspiration to her little sisters Mya, three, and Zara, one.

Her father said that even though Mya does not understand the extent of her sister’s condition, she always lends a helping hand.

Sir. Solieri from Ware, Hertfordshire, said: “One day when Arianna was ill, Mya just jumped up and brought her a toast because she has seen me and her mother do it.

“She loves her sister and she looks up to her.







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Arianna with mother Abigail Solieri and sister Mya
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“She will always be around her, but when Arianna is not here, her best friend is gone.”

Arianna’s parents initially assumed her pain was caused by a new bed last July.

But after eight trips to the emergency room and a scan, they were told the heartbreaking news that she had stage 4 high-risk neuroblastoma.

“Arianna complained of a pain near her shoulder blades, but we just assumed it was muscular after buying a new bed for her,” said Mr. Solieri.

“After seeing an osteopath, the pain subsided.

“In November, however, the pain shifted to her low back pain, and it was clear that something was very wrong.”







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The young man loves his superhero costumes
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During the night, the pain had become so painful for little Arianna, and her temperature had risen to 40 degrees.

When doctors prescribed antibiotics for a possible kidney infection, Arianna’s mother felt something was wrong and her maternal instinct set in.

She took Arianna back to the GP as well as the emergency room eight times in six days until the doctors confirmed her diagnosis.

Sir. Solieri said: “In A&E, they are always busy and we were first told that it would be a seven hour wait to see a doctor, but my wife insisted that further tests be done.

“After an ultrasound of her kidney, the radiologist asked for his colleague, and my heart sank. I knew it would not be good news. “







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The rare form of cancer primarily affects children
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Doctors found a tumor over Arianna’s left kidney, and she was sent to Great Ormand Street two days later, leading to her final diagnosis.

Neuroblastoma is a rare and aggressive form of cancer that affects around 100 children a year in the UK, according to the NHS website.

Solieri added: “With this type of diagnosis, we got a 40 to 50 percent chance of survival with a 60 percent chance of relapse.

“In one week we found out that our daughter had cancer, her survival rate had now dropped and she was now going under an aggressive treatment plan.”

As the determined little girl undergoes her treatment, Arianna is also excited about the arrival of her new sister, who has a term around her six-year-old birthday in March.

The five-year-old is currently undergoing an intensive treatment plan that includes chemotherapy cycles every ten days.

A GoFundMe has been set up for Arianna as it is likely she will need additional, non-NHS funded treatment in America.

Her father said: “We have high hopes that Arianna will get through this and she will have no signs of illness and at that point there is the bivalent vaccine that reduces the risk of it coming back.”

Although it’s too early in Arianna’s treatment plan to sign up, her parents are seeking to raise money right away as they need the equivalent of £ 250,000 for the New York procedure.

“Any money raised that is not being used for Arianna’s care, we would like to donate to another family in a similar situation or to the various charities that have helped them along the way,” Mr Solieri said.

Arianna continues to laugh and smile and her love of superhero costumes, especially Wonder Woman, which has given her strength and confidence in the days when it has been incredibly scary.

Her father said, “She really is a gift; she is perfect in every way. It’s awful something like this can happen to a person with such a good heart.”

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