A Central Arkansas toddler diagnosed with leukemia is being called ‘a miracle’ by both his family and doctors.
On Friday, March 22, two-year-old A.J. took some of his first steps in months, all while getting ready to leave Arkansas Children’s Hospital.
“It’s a true miracle,” A.J.’s mom Katrina Morris said. “This moment right here is the best thing we ever had.”
The toddler first went to the hospital for chemo treatments, but that fight changed when an infection required doctors to remove his upper lip.
“He almost died twice in one day,” Morris recalled. “His lip turned black so fast. They just said that they had to cut his lip off, and if they didn’t cut it off it would have fallen off on its own.”
Smiling through it all, A.J. left his doctors in awe.
“It was a very challenging case for all of us,” Arkansas Children’s Pediatric Hematologist-Oncologist Dr. Amir Mian, said.
Dr. Amir is one of several doctors and nurses who came to celebrate the last day A.J. needed their round the clock care.
“This really made the day, and that’s one of the reasons we come to work every day,” Dr. Mian said.
“It’s emotionally very challenging, we’re all parents, we’ve all got kids as well, so it’s days like this and stories like that that really keep us going,” Dr. Mian added.
For A.J.’s family going home is the best present, and it was just a couple days before his third birthday.
While A.J. is ready to celebrate another year, his mom knows she’s already gotten the gift of a lifetime.
“He’s a hero,” Morris said. “It’s a miracle how he beat that.”