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Amputee cheerleader’s cancer missed

A teenage cheerleader had to have her her leg amputated after doctors missed her cancer four times — telling her it was “growing pains”.

Shannon Corr (15) repeatedly visited GPs over a two-month period complaining of agonising pains in her right knee and shin that left her struggling to walk.

But doctors told the Cambridgeshire schoolgirl she was suffering from growing pains and told her to go home and rest.

After GPs refused to refer Shannon to hospital, her desperate mother Jeannetta Swift (44) took her to A&E and pretended she had fallen over so she could be fully examined.

Doctors immediately spotted a problem, but by the time the rare bone cancer osteosarcoma was diagnosed it had spread to the soft tissue of Shannon's leg and surgeons were forced to amputate.

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