Doctors have no idea how or why Roxli Doss’s tumor just ‘disappeared’
In what can only be described as a Christmas miracle, an 11-year-old Texas girl’s inoperable brain tumor has completely disappeared, and doctors say they have no idea know how or why.
Roxli Doss went through weeks of radiation after she was diagnosed with diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma, or DIPG, in June, according to KVUE.
Her parents, Gena and Scott, prayed for a miracle and they got it.
Roxli’s mom said: “It’s kind of our family thing that God healed Roxli.”
The girl’s medical team are equally in a state of disbelief.
“It is very rare, but when we see it, it is a devastating disease,” Dr. Virginia Harrod of Dell Children’s Medical Center told the news outlet.
“You have decreased ability to swallow, sometimes vision loss, decreased ability to talk, eventually difficulty with breathing.”
“When I first saw Roxli’s MRI scan, it was actually unbelievable,” Harrod added.
“The tumor is undetectable on the MRI scan, which is really unusual.”
Roxli Doss and her parents learned in June that she was suffering from diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma, or DIPG, a very aggressive brain tumor, after she began suffering headaches, KVUE reported.
“The headaches developed into nausea and she even had double vision,” her dad, Scott Doss, told the news outlet.
Scott and his wife, Gena, took their daughter to several doctors, including a neurologist who delivered the bad news.
“It was very bad,” Scott said. “It was the worst news we could have had.”
According to New York Post, Dr. Virginia Harrod of Dell Children’s Medical Center said DIPG “is very rare, but when we see it, it is a devastating disease.
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.
“And we got it,” an overjoyed Gena said.
“Praise God, we did,” Scott added.
Doctors have no idea why the tumor vanished.
“At Dell Children’s, Texas Children’s, at Dana-Farber, at John Hopkins, and MD Anderson, all agreed it was DIPG,” said Scott, whose daughter is back doing what she loves — horseback riding.
“We didn’t know how long she would be healthy and, look at her, she’s just doing awesome,” he said.
“She is just as active as she ever was.”
As a precaution, Roxli will continue to undergo treatments such as immunotherapy.