Baby With Slim Chance Of Life Beats Cancer On Second Birthday

A toddler with special needs told she had a 5-10 percent chance of living past her first birthday rings the ‘all-clear bell’ having beaten cancer on the day she turned two. In the heartwarming footage, Faith Spicher is carried through the ward at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh as staff gather to sing Happy Birthday. Once the singing had stopped, Faith and her father, Deryk, 39, headed to the wall and rang the hospital’s cancer all-clear bell to a huge round of applause. The moment took place on January 15 after a two-year period of emotional uncertainty for Faith’s family. Faith was born with Full Trisomy 18, known as Edwards syndrome, which is a chromosomal disorder associated with abnormalities in many parts of the body. Since that diagnosis, it has been a game of odds said her mom, Brandi, 36, as her daughter was given a 50 percent chance of making it to birth alive; a 50 percent chance of making it through the first week; a 30 percent chance of making it to six months; and a five to 10 percent chance of making it through the first year. Her family were given more devastating news in August 2020 as Faith had a Wilms Tumor, a kind of cancer often associated with children with Trisomy 18. Miraculously, after five treatments, the two-inch, ping pong ball-sized tumor on Faith's left kidney was cleared through chemotherapy. From there, doctors had to make sure that despite the cancer being dead at cellular level, Faith was still fighting the likes dehydration and infections. Finally, on January 15, Faith completed her final chemo treatment to remove the tumor.
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Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Date Acquired03-04-2021
  • Date Filmed01-15-2021
  • OrientationVertical
  • Footage TypeCell Phone
  • Rights TV & Digital, Commercial, Publishing

Baby With Slim Chance Of Life Beats Cancer On Second Birthday

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Couple Fighting Cancer Together Ring All-Clear Bell At Same Time

Terminally Ill Brother Walks Sister Down The Aisle

Man Told He May Never Walk Again Gets Down On One Knee To Propose

Woman Surprised With Bell So She Can Ring In Beating Cancer For A Second Time

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