When Abigail Jones was born, she was diagnosed with a malignant tumor in her brain. According to doctors, her death was inevitable. The tumor was cancerous and aggressive, and her little body wasn’t strong enough to fight it.
Treatment was only supposed to make it worse, and perhaps shorten her life span even further.
Her parents were forced to accept the inevitable, and took Abigail home, knowing she would only be with them a short time.
But then they started to notice something strange. Instead of getting worse, Abigail actually started to get much better as the days passed by.
Abigail also had down syndrome, but she continued to defy expectations as she gained weight, grew, and began responding to her environment.
It instilled hope in her mom Erika for the first time, so she decided to make a phone call and get a second opinion from the doctors at Boston Children’s Hospital.
Dr. Alan R. Cohen, their neurosurgeon-in-chief, saw something a little different. It turns out, he thought her tumor may not be terminal after all.
“I spoke to mom on the phone and told her that I thought there was enough question about the diagnosis that we should not give Abigail a death sentence,” said Dr. Cohen.
Erika, was overwhelmed with joy at the potential of her daughter being able to live a full life. For the first time, she allowed herself to hope dangerously. She released her reaction in an emotional blog post, in which she stated,
“It’s terrifying to put life back on the table. It scares me to hope,” Erika wrote. “But someone said to me, ‘you won’t regret hope’. So I’m allowing myself to hope, and pretty recklessly right now. Suddenly, I think my baby is going to live. Truly I do. Even though they still say it’s a very long shot. But I’ll take it.”
After another MRI, doctors discovered that Dr. Cohen’s suspicions were correct. Confirmed that the tumor was benign, Abigail went straight into surgery to have the tumor extracted.
The good news was more than a dream come true for Erika, who is now more thankful than ever for her daughter’s precious life. She expressed her gratitude in a beautiful Facebook post.
Praising Him this morning! So consumed with joy. Can’t hardly breathe looking at this beautiful girl. My girl. I get to…
In her blog, she wrote, “I cannot take this life for granted.The calling is there, I don’t know what it is, but Abigail was spared for a significant reason. She is God’s pebble and her ripples will extend deep. Now what are we going to do with this miracle baby? Who, at 2 months, has been just born again and given a chance at life. Oh Lord help and guide us. She is Your vessel. She is living proof of Your greatness. She is a world changer.”
She knows that her daughter has a calling so strong that it kept her hanging on in this life. Erika couldn’t be more ecstatic that her reckless hope turned into her biggest miracle.