A unique medical miracle has happened and Cameron Scott, an 8-year-old Batman fan from Tennessee, has beaten cancer after a difficult battle at St Jude’s Children Research Hospital, Tennessee.
Cameron suffered a severe fall down the stairs two years ago in a freak accident. His parents Tamika and Wendell Scott had to take him to the hospital to get him checked out because he was complaining of back pains.
Cameron was scheduled for an MRI scan when the unthinkable happened. It was discovered that the problems were much worse than a slipped vertebral disc. The doctors found a malignant tumour in his brain called medulloblastoma, which had spread to his spine. Further analysis confirmed that he had high-risk stage 4 brain cancer.
This massive turnout of events was a significant blow for everyone. In an interview with Today.com, the little boy’s mum remembered how terrified she’d been as she watched the doctors.
“The doctor turned to the other doctors and said, ‘I need another MRI. I need you to scan upward’” she said. Watching her youngest out of the six children go through so much pain and suffering was more than she could endure.
Brain surgery and chemotherapy
The doctors had to schedule and prepare Cameron over the next few months for brain surgery after a second MRI scan confirmed their diagnosis. Cameron only weighs 53 pounds.
Cameron’s brain surgery lasted for four hours; painful, worrisome, dreadful hours for his whole family. All the tumours were successfully removed, and Cameron had to begin his journey in chemotherapy and radiation at St. Jude’s children hospital.
Chemo lasted a whole of six months. The medical bills and costs for this process were paid by St. Jude’s, an act of charity that left his parents stunned and full of thanks.
Chemotherapy was harsh for little Cameron, but he gave it a fight like a superhero he is. His family was ever-present to help and cherish him through it all. “I’m Dad,” his father said. “I have to be strong for everybody. I just felt like we had to fight.” And indeed, they put up a good fight.
The doctors at St. Jude’s determined that Cameron’s problems had come in a syndrome of four different neurological conditions. They knew his operation and recovery would have to be specialised if success was to be achieved at the end of it all.
A highly-targeted approach was initiated using gene-sequencing techniques, and although it wasn’t easy on a 53-pound 8-year-old, they succeeded to put him through the process successfully.
Total recovery and his trip to Legoland
A year after being diagnosed, Cameron was told he is cancer-free, a victor in his own right! A series of Thanksgiving parties followed for him, both in and out of the hospital.
Cameron and his family enjoyed a pleasant to Legoland Amusement Park in Florida. He finally got to relate with his inner superhero after a long time, and of course, he donned a Batman costume to get back in the game.
Cameron’s dad continued, Cameron loves Batman over all the others because Batman’s a brain genius. “His philosophy is, well,” Wendell said, “All of the other superheroes have superpowers, but Batman uses his brain.”
Throughout his time in Legoland, Cameron got to bounce off the last of the cancer chains keeping him down. He had a good time, and he felt pumped with energy and full of power. The short champion said, “I feel amazing now. I feel like I have been through everything.”
Cameron is a source of hope to many people around, and his story is indeed a miraculous one.
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