It’s still a story to make you cry, but this time with joy. Parents who were told their baby girl had a brain tumour that would kill her soon after birth have just received the news that it’s not cancerous – and baby Abigail will live.
Erika and Stephen Jones had planned their baby’s funeral after posing for a beautiful family photo shoot, believing they were capturing precious moments of their daughter’s last days. They thought nothing could be done to save her.
Now nine weeks old, Abigail – who was also born with Down Syndrome – has had surgery to remove the tumour, with a neurosurgeon telling the family that the mass on her brain was not cancerous.
Sweet Abigail is doing great this morning. Stable and comfortable. Hopefully out of PICU later this afternoon. I look at…
Erika and Stephen, from Florida, say their daughter was gaining weight and “thriving” and certainly not “dying” when they took her to Boston Children’s Hospital for a second opinion.
Dr Alan Cohen removed the tumour and discovered it was not deadly as previously believed. He tells ABC News he does not believe the tumour will return.
“Her prognosis is excellent,” Dr Cohen says. “This is a story with a very sad beginning and a very happy ending.”
The Florida family will remain in Boston for now for ongoing care. Abigail’s relieved parents can’t quite believe the happy news and are sharing updates on the Abigail’s Joy Facebook page.
“When he said we got it all, it was like she was born again. She has a new life now,” Erika says. “So consumed with joy. Can’t hardly breathe looking at this beautiful girl. My girl. I get to keep you! I can’t wait to see your story unfold.”