When 11-year-old Roxli Doss started complaining of headaches and nausea, her parents took her to the doctor to get her checked out. They hoped it was just a virus that would soon pass; but after a brain scan, doctors gave them the heartbreaking news.
Roxli was diagnosed with a very rare and incurable cancer called diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma, or DIPG. A tumor in the back of her brain was pushing on her spinal cord, and things would only get worse.
“It is a devastating disease,” said Dr. Virginia Harrod, who works at Dell Children’s Medical Center, where Roxli was being treated. “You have decreased ability to swallow, sometimes vision loss, decreased ability to talk, eventually difficulty with breathing.”
“It was very bad,” Roxli’s father, Scott, said. “It was the worst news we could have had.”
Roxli began radiation treatment, but doctors didn’t give her family much hope. The radiation would just prolong the inevitable.
At that point, Roxli’s devastated family knew all they could do was pray for a miracle.
Three months later, Roxli went in for another MRI, and what they found left all of the doctors baffled.
Where there once had been a tumor at the back of her brain was…nothing!
“A Miracle!!” the Dosses wrote in an entry on CaringBridge. “We all walked out in shock even though we had been begging, praying, asking and believing. Thank you Jesus just wasn’t enough to say.”
Doctors have no explanation for what happened.
“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.”
But the Dosses know exactly what happened – God answered their prayers and gave them a miracle.
“It’s kind of our family thing that God healed Roxli,” her mom, Gena, said.
“We didn’t know how long she would be healthy,” Scott added, “and, look at her, she’s just doing awesome.”
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