When 11-year-old Roxli Doss from Hays County, Texas, was diagnosed with diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG), a rare and inoperable tumor, her family was left heartbroken.
She experienced headaches, nausea, and double vision for some time and her parents brought her to the hospital for a check-up. But, little did they know the news would be devastating.
They were informed how Roxli’s tumor was very aggressive and difficult to treat which is why they claim God had his share in making the cancer disappear completely after she received her treatments.
Speaking of the time they learned of Roxli’s condition, her father, Scott Doss, said: “It was the worst news we could have had.”
“At Dell Children’s, Texas Children’s, at Dana-Farber, at John Hopkins, and MD Anderson, all agreed it was DIPG.”
All of the doctors who saw Roxli’s scans agreed how this tumor was very rare.
“It is a devastating disease. You have decreased ability to swallow, sometimes vision loss, decreased ability to talk, eventually difficulty with breathing,” said Dr. Virginia Harrod of Dell Children’s Hospital. “We don’t have a cure. This is considered a terminal diagnosis.”
Soon after the diagnosis, Roxli underwent 11 weeks of radiation and during the whole time, her mommy and daddy prayed to God and asked from him to save their girl.
Finally, their prayers were answered!
“The doctors guide us, but really the true guidance that we’re looking for is from God because that’s who we need our help from right now, and we’re really just praying for a miracle,” said Scott.
The latest MRI scans showed that Roxli was cancer-free. The doctors who believed the tumor could not be operated on and said Roxli’s chances of surviving were bleak were now left in complete shock.
“When I first saw Roxli’s MRI scan, it was actually unbelievable. The tumor is undetectable on the MRI scan, which is really unusual,” Dr. Harrod said.
But Roxli’s parents were not really surprised from the positive outcome because their trust in God is endless and they were convinced their faith would work its magic.
“A Miracle!! We all walked out in shock even though we had been begging, praying, asking and believing. Thank you Jesus just wasn’t enough to say,” they wrote on CaringBridge.org:
“God is using precious Roxli as a vessel for His mighty power! REVIVAL is springing up in hearts everywhere!” Gena Doss wrote on Facebook.
The dedicated medical professionals, along with Doss’ strong faith in God, made the unbelievable happen.
Although the scans show Roxli is cancer-free, she’s currently undergoing precautionary immune treatments to ensure every single cancer cell is eradicated from her brain.
Dr. Harrod said: “We are cautiously optimistic and will continue to monitor her on a regular basis along with the joy of celebrating in her recovery.”
This story is so inspiring because it gives a ray of hope to other people and children fighting cancer and reminds them to never stop believing in miracles, because if you trust with all your hearts, they do happen.