Baby has been diagnosed with a tumour two days after a doctor reportedly told her mother she was just “misbehaving”.

Perth Now has reported the baby girl, eight-months-old,  is undergoing chemotherapy after the discovery of a cancerous tumour crushing the little girl’s spine.

Nora Holly was taken to the new St John of God Midland Public Hospital by her parents after she was struggling to stand and crawl.

At first, the doctor reportedly told the couple their daughter was suffering from “behavioural issues.”

The family dismissed the diagnosis and requested a second opinion, and a senior doctor found what he thought was a fractured leg.

Nora’s leg was placed in a full cast and she was discharged.


Days later Nora’s condition continued to deteriorate and she lost control of her upper body. She was then admitted to the Princess Margaret Hospital and her leg-cast was removed with no evidence of a fracture.

She was booked to undergo MRI and CAT scans on Tuesday when the cancer was revealed.

Doctors discovered a neuroblastoma in her chest cavity that was strangling 85 per cent of her spine.

The parents were told by doctors at the PMH if treatment had been delayed by another day their daughter could have suffered permanent spinal cord damage.

“As a mother of three I knew enough about my children to stand up a bit to what they were saying. But what happens if a mum comes in and completely accepts what the doctor says?,” Nora’s mother Naomi Holly told Perth Now.

Nora has regained some movement in her legs since beginning treatment but it’s too soon to tell if the cancer has spread to her organs.

It has been reported St John of God  are undertaking investigations based on the clinical presentation of the infant of the time.

“We are just struggling a bit after the first load of chemo,” said Nora’s father, Hannan Holly.

“We have a whole lot of tests in the next couple of days – we will have more information as we get those results back.”

We wish little Nora all the best.

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  • Good luck precious Nora!


  • Glad parents pushed with this issue.
    PRAYING for Nora and wishing for the best outcome.
    Sending love and gentle hugs there way.


  • How sad. I really hope that Nora makes a good recovery.


  • That poor little darling, and her poor parents! My heart goes out to them!


  • wow! why did they not do an x-ray if they suspected a broken bone?


  • thank goodness the mum was persistent…. many blessings for a speedy recovery x


  • Behavioural issues in an 8mth old?
    I feel for that Doctor now. We all make mistakes at time but hopefully he/she will take the time to sit and think on this and next time they are presented with something similar they will not fob it off so easily.


  • Oh my goodness. Good on you mumma for going with your gut. I hope you baby girl will be ok


  • My goodness, that poor family. Wishing little Nora all the best xx


  • A baby struggling to stand and crawl. That is not a behavioural issue. Is that dr. really qualified? If they baby did show signs of having a tantrum it would have been as a result of not being able to do anything. She has been in pain too. I am wondering what influence the tumor pressing against baby’s spine would have on her leg. Could the baby injured her leg in her desperate attempts to stand up and fallen or in her attempt to pull her legs up into position to crawl? Even normally a baby can suddenly fall the opposite direction an adult expects him/her to fall. NO excuse for such blatant mistakes in diagnosis. A Mum knows her baby best, especially an experienced one.


  • Oh! Little one! Just 8-months old. Sigh! I hope the treatment will be successful!


  • Good on mum for trusting her instincts and seeking further advice. Hope little Nora makes a full recovery!


  • This is just appalling, but sadly doesn’t surprise me as much as it should.


  • This so called Perth Doctor should loose his license how could a Doctor mistake a tumour for a tantrum where did this man learn how to be a Doctor at CLOWN SCHOOL


  • Good thing she knew something was wrong and kept pushing for answers. I hope she recovers!


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