Thursday, 24 January, 2019

11-year-old girl's brain tumor disappears in medical mystery

Medical miracle: Doctors baffled after Texas girl’s incurable brain tumor disappears Doctors baffled after child's incurable brain tumor vanishes without trace
Anna Jefferson | 21 December, 2018, 12:55

A young girl who was battling a rare inoperable brain tumor now appears to be cancer-free after her tumor disappeared, leaving doctors confused. However, it wasn't that long ago that doctors had diagnosed the Doss' daughter with an inoperable brain tumor called diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma, or DIPG.

And only some 300 children are diagnosed with DIPG each year in this country.

According to doctors, the disease is "very rare" and causes a "decreased ability to swallow, sometimes vision loss, decreased ability to talk, eventually difficulty with breathing", said Dr. Virginia Harrod with Dell Children's Medical Center.

Roxli underwent weeks of radiation as her Buda community rallied by holding a benefit for her in August, when all her parents could do was pray for a miracle.

"Everyday we still say it", mother Gena Doss told the newspaper in an interview published Tuesday.

"Praise God we did", said Scott.

But they were flabbergasted when they discovered earlier this month that the DIPG had disappeared without a trace, KVUE reported.

"When I first saw Roxli's MRI scan, it was actually unbelievable", Harrod told news reporters.

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The tumor was reportedly undetectable on an MRI scan after the radiation treatment.

She clarified that she had no explanation for the change.

According to KVUE, Roxli is healthy, and has been spending time horseback riding.

"She is just as active as she ever was".

"Every day we still say it", said Gena Doss.

Her mom said: "It's kind of our family thing that God healed Roxli".

Dr Harrold explained that Roxli's DIPG was confirmed by four different medical providers, including Johns Hopkins Medical Center, meaning the chances of her being mis-diagnosed were nearly impossible.

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