Youngest person with rare form of leukemia is now cancer-free
Vaida Scott was the youngest patient to be diagnosed with myelomonocytic leukemia. After spending 10 of the first 14 months of her life fighting the disease, the Wayne County, Illinois, baby has won the battle and is now cancer-free, WFIE reported.
Naturally, her parents are thankful and relieved she can finally experience live as a healthy child.
“I think we compared it to holding your breath for a long time,” her mother, Felicia Shelton, told WFIE.
But although the cancer didn’t take Vaida’s life, it did take her legs and spleen.
Vaida had gone into septic shock, and her doctor told her parents she only had a few hours left to live.
“We were told many times that she wasn’t going to have her first birthday,” Vaida’s father, Chris Scott, said.
Vaida had a bone marrow transplant and her legs had to be amputated, but she made it through.
She completed her treatment, and St. Louis Children’s Hospital celebrated her being cancer-free — a big accomplishment, considering the disease has a 50 percent mortality rate.
Vaida still has to go to the hospital every month for a check-up, and she’ll be on penicillin for the rest of her life, but the worst seems to be over.
And now that her parents have been through the scary ordeal, they said they plan to start a nonprofit to help families in similar situations.
They have also set up a GoFundMe page to help pay bills and buy a baby wheelchair for Vaida.