In June, 11 year old Roxli Doss’s family received perhaps the worst news any family could ever receive – the word from doctors that she had in inoperable brain tumor for which there was no cure.
It was a 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. “You have decreased ability to swallow, sometimes vision loss, decreased ability to talk, eventually difficulty with breathing.”
Dr. Harrod said the now 11-year-old went through weeks of radiation, even though there is no cure. The family held a benefit for her in August, and the Buda community responded in a big way. At that point, all Gena and Scott Doss could do was pray for a miracle.
But they just got incredible news for which there is no medical explanation.
In a new MRI scan, there was no trace of the tumor.
[I]t was actually unbelievable,” said Dr. Harrod. “The tumor is undetectable on the MRI scan, which is really unusual.”
Doctors can’t explain why the tumor disappeared.
“At Dell Children’s, Texas Children’s, at Dana-Farber, at John Hopkins, and MD Anderson, all agreed it was DIPG,” said Scott.
The doctors are still keeping a close watch on her and inspecting scans. She’s still undergoing therapy just to make sure.
The family is just thanking God for their miracle and crying tears of joy.
“Praise God we did,” said Scott Doss, her father. “Everyday we still say it,” says mom, Gena Doss. “It’s kind of our family thing that God healed Roxli.”
Now, she’s just as active as she ever was says her dad, doing things that she loves to do, like horseback riding. “She’s just doing awesome,” rejoiced her dad.
What a wonderful Christmas miracle for the family!