A MUM has told of the horror moment she walked into her three-year-old son's room and found him bleeding from the mouth.
Katie Brett, 31, says there have also been times she's gone to check on her son Konrad in the night and he's not breathing.
The solo mum-of-two says she's been through months of hell and, even after getting a diagnosis for her three-year-old, she still feels helpless.
Konrad has tonsils that are so big they block his airway, and is in need of surgery.
But the Lancashire mum says it's been a long road to getting that answer.
She said: "It's just horrible. There's been so many times I've been crying down the phone to the hospital which is just exhausting.
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"It's just so hard seeing your child so poorly, and knowing that you could put him to bed one night and he might wake up all because of his tonsils."
She said Konrad contracted a mystery virus at just seven months old, which left him sick for eight weeks.
Then, one night, she received an alert on a sleep app and went to check on him and realised he wasn't breathing.
She said the following months were horrific, as her wee boy's tonsils were constantly causing him pain and he regularly stopped breathing.
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Katie says she would also find him bleeding from the mouth, and covered in blood.
The mum said she spent months fighting for answers, and claims she was dubbed an "overprotective mother" and even lost her job.
Then, when the family got Konrad's diagnosis, they were told he needed surgery – which Katie says her boy may have to wait a year for.
She said: "It doesn't just affect me and Konrad, it affects his brother Colton-Joe as well.
"There's been times when Konrad has fallen poorly in the middle of the night, and I've had to drag them both out of bed in the night.
I just feel like there is nothing I can do.
"Even one time Colton-Joe had to come in the ambulance with us, and then get picked up from the hospital by a family member."
Katie called the recent months "very frustrating".
She added: "You love your kids more than anything in the world, and you would do anything for them.
"But I just feel like there is nothing I can do."
Katie's sister Sasha Marsden was tragically murdered at the age of 16 in 2013 and the family holds an annual rounders tournament in memory of her.
Katie said: "We decided to raise money in my sister's memory, we was suppose to raise money for Macmillan.
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"But the organisers said that if Sasha was given a choice, she would want to help her nephew so the money went to Konrad's surgery instead."
You can donate towards Konrad's surgery here.
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