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A Down Syndrome Girl Comes Home After Two Years Of Fighting Cancer

For any parent, having a child with cancer is dramatic, and if the baby is born with Down Syndrome, things get harder. Grace is a girl...

For any parent, having a child with cancer is dramatic, and if the baby is born with Down Syndrome, things get harder. Grace is a girl born with Down's Syndrome who has been diagnosed with leukemia. She spent two years in hospital to fight her illness. For her two-year birthday, Grace the warrior has finally returned home with her parents. Here is his story!

Unfortunately, cancer can occur at any age, including early childhood. The most common cancers in infants include leukemia, brain tumors, neuroblastoma and retinoblastoma. Today's story is about a baby with leukemia!

A baby with a warrior soul
Grace Rosian, a native of Ohio, was born premature with Down Syndrome. Shortly after her birth, the doctors shocked the family by telling them that their baby had a form of leukemia and needed chemotherapy immediately. .

Her mother, Valerie says she weighed just 2 pounds and was given chemotherapy at 2 days old. At the age of 2 months, little Grace was in remission and could finally go home, but the cancer came back!

The girl's family refuses to give up, the mother went to Facebook and appealed to charitable souls to raise funds for Grace's expensive treatment. Despite her very poor health, the girl remained a happy baby who dazzled everyone with her smile.

Grace's treatment was a real success and she had a remission before her two years. The little one has made incredible progress, she has also learned sign language and is becoming more independent every day.

Prevalence of cancer in Down syndrome infants
Babies and children with Down syndrome have an abnormality in the production of their blood cells. Although leukemia only develops in a minority of these children, the risk of a child with Down syndrome is significantly higher than that of children without Down Syndrome. Research has shown that these children have a 150-fold increased risk of developing acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and a 33-fold higher risk of developing acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). Several research projects are underway to understand the relationship between leukemia and trisomy 21.

Are babies with cancer difficult to treat?
Babies metabolize drugs differently. The doses of chemotherapy should therefore be adjusted accordingly. Babies can also be very sensitive to some of the side effects of these medications. In addition, because the baby's immune system is not fully developed, its risk of infection increases during chemotherapy. Babies often need to stay in the hospital for a long time so that they can be monitored closely and stay safe during periods of intensive chemotherapy.

It is also very important to pay special attention to infants to detect the signs and symptoms of pain, discomfort or distress because they are not able to tell us how they feel. Despite the accompaniment of the caregiver, the presence of families is essential to cuddle and play with their babies as much as possible.

It is also essential for parents to be part of a community or organization so that this journey can lead to healing in the best possible conditions!