Texas Girl Experiences 'Miraculous' Recovery from Inoperable Brain Tumor
11-year-old Roxli Doss of Hays County, Texas has seemingly beat the odds against her inoperable brain cancer in what some are calling a miraculous recovery.
Roxli was diagnosed last June with an inoperable brain tumor called diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma, or DIPG.
"It is very rare, but when we see it, it is a devastating disease,” Dr. Virginia Harrod with Dell Children’s Medical Center told local affiliate CBS19. “You have decreased ability to swallow, sometimes vision loss, decreased ability to talk, eventually difficulty with breathing."
But after weeks of radiation, the inoperable tumor seemed to simply disappear.
"When I first saw Roxli's MRI scan, it was actually unbelievable,” Dr. Harrod said. “The tumor is undetectable on the MRI scan, which is really unusual.”
Multiple diagnoses of the disease leave little doubt that the girl did have a deadly tumor.
"At Dell Children’s, Texas Children’s, at Dana-Farber, at John Hopkins, and MD Anderson, all agreed it was DIPG,” said Scott Doss, Roxli’s father.
So with no other explanation forthcoming, Roxli’s parents are thanking a higher power for what they consider to be a miracle.
"Everyday we still say it,” said her mother, Gena. “It's kind of our family thing that God healed Roxli."
Roxli kept her spirits up in the hospital (pictured left), and is already back to horseback riding (pictured right). (Image credit: KVUE)
Roxli’s recovery has been so fantastic that she’s already back to doing the things she loved before her diagnosis, like horseback riding.
“We didn't know how long she would be healthy, and, look at her, she's just doing awesome,” said Scott.
Scott and Gena said that although doctors double-checked her scans to confirm the surprising results, she will continue to be closely monitored and given medical treatment—including immunotherapy—as a precaution.