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High-Risk Cancer Marks Firsts for Newborn and Hospital

Sep. 26, 2014

DelaneyDelaney Doyle was just 15 days old when Kelly McMillin noticed her daughter’s abdomen was extremely swollen and distended. After having a normal pregnancy and delivery, Kelly, a nurse at Pain Treatment Medicine of the Finger Lakes, knew something wasn’t right. On Aug. 28, 2013, she and her husband Eric Doyle, residents of Clifton Springs, took Delaney to her pediatrician Odet Youssef, M.D., at Thompson Health’s Thompson Family Care. Little did they know, the next year would be full of overcoming medical obstacles, with multiple firsts for both the Doyle family and Delaney’s care team at UR Medicine’s Golisano Children’s Hospital.

After preliminary examinations, the Doyles were told to immediately bring their newborn girl to the Pediatric Emergency Department at Golisano Children’s Hospital. It was there that an ultrasound showed Delaney’s liver was extremely swollen and a large tumor was sitting on top of the adrenal gland on her left kidney.    

“Being a nurse, I was going through a check list in my head as to what it could be,” said Kelly. “It was all very devastating, especially with her just being 2 weeks old.”