A grieving mother whose daughter died of a rare form of lung cancer claims she was 'fobbed off' by six doctors who dismissed the two-year-old's symptoms.
Megan Clarkson, of Kirkcaldy, Fife, first became unwell at just six months old in November 2016 when she developed a cough and could not keep food down.
Over the next 28 months, Megan started losing weight and had a drawn-in chest, which is a sign the airways are blocked.
Megan's mother Kelly Clarkson took her to see six doctors and five nurses, with none recommending the youngster have an X-ray, despite her breathing rate being twice as fast as normal.
Told she likely had asthma, things took a turn for the worse and Megan was rushed to hospital, with a scan finally revealing she had type three pleuropulmonary blastoma.
With her only hope of survival being surgery, the youngster went under the knife to have her right lung removed, but suffered a massive bleed and cardiac arrest.
She died at nine minutes past midnight on January 2 - three weeks after she was diagnosed.
Kelly Clarkson's daughter Megan (pictured together left) died of a rare and aggressive lung cancer on January 2. Mrs Clarkson claims she was 'fobbed off' by six doctors who dismissed her persistent cough as asthma. Megan (right) also lost weight and had a drawn-in chest
Mrs Clarkson - who also has a five-year-old son called Myles - said: 'Looking back we feel let down by Megan's care when she was around eight-to-ten months old.
'Early detection of cancer is your best hope for defeating it and at an earlier stage Megan would have had a 90 per cent chance of survival and at the end, this had dropped to 37 per cent.
'But the only way we'd have got [early detection] is if the doctors had looked passed the viral infections and the "come-back-if-it-gets-worse" attitude.
'When you do come back and it is worse, you feel fobbed off.'
'You feel let down and you're less likely to go back and try to find out if there's anything wrong with your child.'
Pleuropulmonary blastoma (PPB) is a rare childhood cancer that occurs in the lungs or their lining.
Its exact prevalence is unknown.
There are three forms of the disease, with type I taking the form of cysts, type II being a solid tumour, and type III being both.
Type I is curable in around 89 per cent of cases, compared to just 50-to-70 per cent of children with type II or III who are cured.
Symptoms can include:Difficulty breathing Fatigue