Two young siblings from Southern California were diagnosed with brain cancer just two weeks apart, and now they have a long road to aggressive treatment to keep the tumors at bay.
End of May, 6 years Old Kalea Avery suffered a headache that caused her parents to take her to a neurologist shortly after the Memorial Day weekend . After an MRI scan, doctors found a 3.5-centimeter tumor that formed near the young girl's brainstem, reported Daily Breeze and Kalea soon underwent four-hour surgery Remove the crowd on June 11th.
"We're referring to a healthy baby who's a skateboarder and a soccer player who just loves life to be a tumor removed from their brains," said Kalea's father, Duncan Avery Los Angeles Times
Doctors soon discovered that the mass was cancerous and diagnosed Kalea with a medulloblastoma, a fast growing cancer that forms at the base of the skull and can spread to the spinal cord and other parts of the body. As medulloblastoma tumors grow in the area of the brain that controls complex motor and cognitive functions, patients typically experience problems with movement and balance.
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The family was quick to start Kalea's treatment, but her nightmare was far from over. Two weeks after Kalea's diagnosis, Duncan and his wife Nohea discovered that four-year-old Noah had slept longer than usual. At first, they thought her son was depressed about his sister's situation until he complained of a headache in the area between his eyebrows ̵
Scans on June 21 revealed that Noah had a mass in the same place as his sister, and doctors removed the tumor four days later. While tests are still pending, they believe the tumor is also medulloblastoma.
"We're in tears," said Duncan, a 36-year-old coach at Redondo Beach Union High School, the Times . "How could two children have the same tumor in 14 days, how is that possible?"
For the parents, the reality was that their two children had such a severe form of cancer, but at the same time it was devastating.
"My heart literally felt like it had broken apart" Nohea, a nurse, told CBS Los Angeles. "It was pulled out of my chest."
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A GoFundMe page that helps the family with their medical treatments in just Over four days, spending by more than 1300 donors has brought in more than $ 117,000 of their $ 150,000 target.
Noah and Kalea will soon start irradiation and possibly chemotherapy. Fortunately, with aggressive treatment, most children can fight medulloblastoma long enough to the point where it will not return, according to UCSF. Both siblings will also be physically, professionally and linguistically treated to help with their recovery.
"I do not know how I'll go through this, but you do, you can find a way," Nohea KTLA said. "You look at your children, you hold them and you find a way."