My twin girl was taken to hospital with stomach ache – 3 days later they were both sentenced to death

WHEN twins Eve and Ella Oakley were born, they were both “perfectly healthy.”

Their parents Maryann Oakley, 43, and her husband, Nathan, 35 welcomed them on December 19, 2017.

Twins Ella and Eve were born on December 19, 2017 and have struggled with health issues ever since

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Twins Ella and Eve were born on December 19, 2017 and have struggled with health issues ever sinceCredit: SWNS
Eve was diagnosed with retinoblastoma in January 2018 after she started whining from the pain

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Eve was diagnosed with retinoblastoma in January 2018 after she started whining from the painCredit: SWNS
Ella was also diagnosed with the same illness after Maryann took her in for an expert check

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Ella was also diagnosed with the same illness after Maryann took her in for an expert checkCredit: SWNS

Little did the family know that a few days later their world would be turned upside down.

When she was only ten days old, little Eve did not eat and cried in pain.

The family, who lives in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA, rushed her to the hospital, where doctors told them she had a twisted bowel.

After surgery, Eve went into septic shock, and after examining her eyes, doctors found a tumor and diagnosed them with retinoblastoma in January 2018.

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Just three days later, Eve’s twin sister Ella was diagnosed with the same illness after Maryann took her in for an expert checkup.

Since then, the sisters have battled cancer together, with ups and downs along the way.

After treatment, the twins were initially declared stable, but in March 2022, Maryann received the devastating news that Eve’s cancer had returned.

Maryann is now a full-time carer of the twins and said the illness has “become their life.”

She said: “We don’t know any different. Cancer is our normal.

“Every time Eve leaves for treatment, Ella is so upset.

“Everything is still so uncertain, but we try to make every day as special as possible for them.”

When she remembered Eve becoming unwell for the first time, the mother said the whining and pain came “suddenly.”

At first, medics thought the child had meningitis, but later discovered she had a twisted bowel when she was rushed for emergency surgery on her stomach.

It was horrible to see them both undergo chemotherapy

Maryann Oakley

The little girl was then given an ostomy pouch after they had to remove a large portion of her bowel.

After the procedure, Ella went into septic shock and her parents were told her organs were failing.

But the family’s fate continued to deteriorate, and doctors examining Ella’s eyes diagnosed her with retinoblastoma.

She immediately began chemotherapy, and Eve followed a few days later when medics realized her tumor was growing.

Maryann said, “I didn’t know if Eve would make it, she was so sick and then she had to go through chemotherapy too,” Maryann said.

Eye Cancer Signs and Symptoms

There are a number of different types of cancer that affect the eyes, including:

  • eye melanoma
  • Squamous cell carcinoma
  • lymphoma
  • Retinoblastoma – a childhood cancer

eye cancer does not always cause obvious symptoms and should only be picked up during a routine eye test.

However, common symptoms of eye cancer may include:

  • Shadows, flashes of light or squiggly lines in your view
  • Blurred vision
  • A dark spot in your eye that’s getting bigger
  • Partial or total loss of vision
  • Bulging of 1 eye
  • A lump on your eyelid or in your eye that gets bigger
  • Pain in or around your eye, although this is rare

“We had to drive Ella in every day for her treatment and Eve stayed in because she was so sick.

“It was terrible to see them both undergo chemotherapy.”

But both twins succeeded, and in May 2018, Ella was declared stable, with Eve the following month.

Despite this, the family was warned that they were not clear.

In August 2018, Ella had a relapse and received radiation therapy with light beams.

The family was again told it could still come back and were told they were also at risk of developing brain cancer.

Maryann said: “If they do, it’s very difficult to treat, so it would be a bleak prognosis.

“They have to be checked every year.

“Eve lost a lot of hearing from her septic shock, so now she wears hearing aids and has extremely high blood pressure.”

‘CRUSHED’

Sadly, in March 2022, the family learned that Eve’s cancer had returned.

Maryann said, “We were crushed.

“She’s undergoing cryotherapy that freezes the cancer cells. It’s really painful for her when she comes to.

“Ella worries about Eve when she leaves for treatment. It’s hard for both of them.’

The family now prays that Eve will make it and find out this month if Ella is still stable.

“We need to put on a brave face,” she said.

“We try to make every moment special for them because the next day is not certain for them.

“Cancer is all we’ve known. All we can do is stay as positive as possible for Eve and Ella.”

The family is now doing their best to stay positive after their daughters become unwell

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The family is now doing their best to stay positive after their daughters become unwellCredit: SWNS

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