Demi Wright, a 22-year-old girl from the UK, died after being reportedly misdiagnosed by doctors who initially mistook her aggressive cancer for pregnancy.
Demi died on February 23rd after a brief battle with the disease. Demi’s father described her to the Daily-Gazette as having a happy and cheerful soul.
He also told the newspaper, “She didn’t have a bad bone in her body. She had an infectious, beautiful smile and it showed her personality off.”
As a child, Demi had a benign tumor in her liver and had checkups on it into her teenage years.
Demi started experiencing pains in her side and when she went to the doctor to have it checked out, they found that she was emitting a specific hormone normally emitted during pregnancy – human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG). The doctors then scheduled Demi for an ultrasound thinking she may be pregnant.
But, although HCG is common in pregnant women, it is also a hormone than can increase if there is cancer in the body, most commonly liver or ovarian cancer.
During the ultrasound, the medical staff found no baby, so they decided to perform laparoscopic surgery for a more in depth look at what might be going on. They then discovered that Demi had a tumor on her liver and cancer had already spread throughout her body.
Her father told Metro UK that she never cried, even after learning that her cancer was terminal.
Demi died peacefully three weeks later. Her boyfriend told the Daily-Gazette that he feels robbed. He said, “It needs to be stressed how much courage she had. She’s our inspiration now.”
Her family is now raising money on a JustGiving page for Cancer Research UK in Demi’s honor.