Woman told by doctors her illness was water infection dies eight weeks later

A student was told she had a water infection only to die eight weeks later from a rare form of cancer.

Alicia Embrey, 21, visited the doctors when she returned home from university and was put on an antibiotic drip before being sent home with a suspected water infection.

However the following day, the architecture student went back to the doctors with her mum and underwent a series of tests.

Mum Emma Embrey, 40, said: "Within eight weeks she was dead."

Alicia is believed to be the first person ever to have been diagnosed with renal medullary carcinoma in Wales.

The aggressive cancer affects the kidneys and is difficult to treat and it is estimated there are fewer than 60 cases globally.


Alicia, of Newport, Gwent, had been studying for a degree at Portsmouth University when she began to feel unwell.

Her mother said: "I took her to the Royal Gwent Hospital.

"She had three lots of intravenous antibiotics, but they told her that she’d recover better at home.

"The next day it was clear hospital was the best place for her, so we went back.

"They tested her for all sorts.

"They made her wear a mask, and within three days she was in critical care."


"I answered yes," she said.

Doctors informed Emma and Alicia they had found sickling in her liver, and she was suffering from the rare renal medullary carcinoma.

Alicia died in September this year and friends have been raising money to support Emma and her two sons since her death.


She said: "It meant the world to me even though my heart is broken.

"I felt a pang of joy about the beautiful young lady my daughter had grown up into.

"I will always miss you Alicia Embrey. My sweet little angel that was taken away far too soon."

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