Teen Learns He’s At Death’s Door Weeks After Breathing Problems Are Misdiagnosed As The Flu

by Ann-Sophie Kaemmerle
Native New Yorker, University of Virginia graduate, runner, and sometimes stand-up performer.

A teen is fighting for his life after a tragic misdiagnosis left him at death’s door.

According to WFTS Tampa, 16-year-old Hunter Brady started feeling tired and short of breath. He went to his pediatrician, who told him that he most likely had the flu.

Even with medication, the symptoms didn’t go away. That’s when his family decided to take him to the ER — and he’s lucky they did.

There, doctors discovered that his right lung was collapsed and his left lung was 30% collapsed, which was why he was having trouble breathing. Then, a barrage of tests proved that he didn’t have the flu, but stage 4b Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Doctors had to give him a blood transfusion, a bone marrow biopsy, and surgeries to drain the fluid from his lungs and heart, in addition to the chemotherapy and radiation needed to treat his cancer.

If that wasn’t hard enough, Hunter also became the target of online bullying. Another teen dared to tell him that he “deserved” cancer.

But Hunter is strong. He says that he will not let a cyberbully bother him. He wants to get better and has the support of friends, family, and even total strangers in this fight.

He told WFTS Tampa: “Everybody else’s support helped me get this far. Without them, I don’t know where I’d be. I just know I gotta keep staying strong. I’m being mentored by two pastors that told me God is always there and when he told me that I just went along with what he said and I got this far… I’m doing good I’m going to beat it, I ain’t giving up.”

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Footage provided by WFTS Tampa

Photos: WFTS Tampa; Facebook / Hunter Brady

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