Texas Girl’s Inoperable Brain Tumor Unexpectedly Disappeared, Her Doctors Say

Source: Huffington Post

By Carol Kuruvilla

Roxli Doss’ parents are convinced a miracle healed their daughter, who was diagnosed with diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma.

The parents of an 11-year-old Texas girl are thanking God after hearing from doctors that an inoperable brain tumor seems to have disappeared.

Roxli Doss, from Hays County, south of Austin, was diagnosed in June with diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG), a highly aggressive brain tumor with a low survival rate. But doctors at Dell Children’s Medical Center in Austin now claim they can’t spot traces of the life-threatening tumor on Roxli’s MRI.

“It’s extraordinarily rare to have this type of near complete resolution of this disease,” Dr. Virginia Harrod, co-chief of the hospital’s pediatric neuro-oncology department and one of Roxli’s doctors, told HuffPost. “It’s unusual and atypical and something we were all very pleased with.”

Roxli’s parents told ABC affiliate KVUE-TV in Austin that they believe a divine miracle saved their little girl’s life.

“Every day we still say it,” Gena Doss said. “It’s kind of our family thing that God healed Roxli.”

DIPG is a tumor that grows from glial cells, a type of supportive cell in the brain stem. This type of cancer usually affects children of elementary school age. According to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, about 10 percent to 20 percent of all childhood brain tumors are DIPG.

Since the brain stem controls important bodily functions, kids with DIPG can experience trouble walking, swallowing and seeing. They’re also likely to have severe headaches and nausea.

The prognosis for this disease is “dismal,” Harrod said.

“We don’t have a cure,” she said. “This is considered a terminal diagnosis.”

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