An adolescent told by his doctor that he had a disease insect actually had a brain abscess that was one centimeter from the murder.
Medical professionals initially believed that Thaila Elliott had a water bug, reports Wales Online.
She was sent home with antibiotics, but that night the 14-year-old was admitted to the hospital by ambulance after her mother found her with an attack.
Days later the surgeons were telling Thaila's family that they had no idea how she was alive.
The teenager had undergone two seizures and underwent two brain surgery attacks to relieve her brain from the pressure caused by a huge brain abscess.
Aunt Ceri Elliott-Pitman said that Thaila's family knew something was horribly wrong when they discovered that she had an attack in the bathroom.
"It was like a rag doll," Ceri said. "His nan had to hold it straight and his eyes rolled in the back of his head.
The Welsh teenager was hospitalized, where initially the doctors struggled to figure out what was wrong with her.
Alarm bells began to sound when a light malodorous liquid began to drip from Thaila's nose.
"A nurse came to check on her and she could smell the smell from the other side of the room," Ceri said.
"They looked at his pupils, and from then on it was just chaos in the ward.
"A team of clashes came in. Thaila was unconscious at this point and she was put on a life support machine."
The scans revealed that the fourteen-year-old had a massive abscess that put pressure on his brain.
She was rushed to the University Hospital of Wales by an ambulance, with her family following behind the car as the doctors pledged to save Thaila's life.
"We did not know if she would have been alive by the end of the trip," said her aunt.
Thaila needed two emergency operations to drain the liquid from her brain.
"They believe it may have been caused by an infection that started from her breasts," Ceri said.
After her first surgery, Thaila's upset family was told that the teen's pupils were not reacting and could be brain dead.
The family was then told to greet after Thaila's brain pressure soared.
A scan revealed that the 14-year-old brain was swollen and only had a few minutes before its brain stem was affected.
The surgeons said that there was only the smallest window of opportunity to save her by performing a second emergency procedure to remove part of her skull so she could release the pressure.
Thaila's mother, Lisa Elliott, said she was able to perform the procedure on time and, after surgery, Thaila's condition stabilized and she underwent a coma. induced on life support.
"The doctors told us that they had never experienced a scenario similar to that of Thaila and had no idea how it was still alive," Lisa said.
"The abscess, which was on his left frontal lobe, had killed the part of his brain that controlled the language, the short-term memory loss and the decision-making process, but other than that they had no idea how the damage could affect its long term ".
The doctors confirmed that Thaila suffered two shots.
She remains tied to the wheelchair and is deeply deaf after her almost fatal ordeal.
Aunt Ceri revealed that Thaila is now "on her long journey back to her normal self, brash and happy".
"He had to learn how to do it all over again, to be able to keep his eyes open for sitting, having to use his arm to do everyday things, talk again, eat food, read lips – all the things you give taken for granted every day. "
A fundraising campaign was launched by the Thaila family with the aim of raising funds for private physiotherapy and installing a cochlear implant to help it feel.
If you want to donate, go to www.gofundme.com/help-thaila-sue-elliott-our-warrior-walk-again