Toddler With Cancer Celebrates Big Milestone by Ringing Special Bell
Emilie Meza may only be a year old but her body and spirit have already gone through the pain of a lifetime. She has been much battling cancer ever since she was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia at just nine months old. The baby went through several rounds of chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant in barely three months.
“We were devastated,” Emilie’s mother Roxana told the Inside Edition. “It’s really hard to find out that your 9-month-old has cancer.”
Emilie has been at the John Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida since being diagnosed, which was why it was so special when little Emilie was able to ring a special bell in the ward signaling the end of her chemotherapy treatment.
“She came through so much so we wanted to make that day special. She’s such a strong little girl,” Roxana said.
The Meza’s captured the occasion on film and posted it on the “Emilie Meza’s Bone Marrow Transplant Journey” Facebook page documenting the one-year-old’s medical journey.
The clip where Emilie was wearing a Super Girl dress while ringing the bell surrounded by nurses and other hospital staff members has gone viral, getting over 20,000 views.
“Today has been so special, scary, emotional and filled with joy,” wrote Meza on the Facebook page. “Emilie is released today from the hospital… we are happy to say that Emilie is done with her chemotherapy treatments. One big step is behind us, now starting a new one. We are excited to be able to give Emilie a little start to a semi normal toddler life,” she continued.
Emilie’s chemotherapy treatment may have been completed but the family admits that their toddler’s medical journey is far from over. Still, they are grateful for this milestone and all those who have accompanied them in the battle.
“Thank you for loving our Emilie and family, this has and is still hard but [God] is good. We appreciate everyone, help with our gofund me page, love, prayers, and everything you do and have done for our family,” wrote Meza.
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