Parents who were told by doctors, and accepted, that their 2-month-old baby girl would die are now witnesses to an incredible miracle: she's now going to live.
Erika and Steven Jones' daughter Abigail Joy made headlines in early September when they had a photo shoot for Abby to celebrate her assumed short life after doctors told them she had an inoperable brain tumor and wouldn't survive.
"My heart accepted that she was going to die. I took her to the beach, stuck her feet in the sand, all while believing the next time she'd go to the beach, it would be to sprinkle her ashes. I fully planned to join the 'parents who've lost children' club,' " her mother, Erika, wrote in a post on their Team Jones 4 blog.
But after talking to other doctors, the Jacksonville, Fla., family would soon find out that that their daughter, who also has Down syndrome, would live.
According to ABC News, they contacted Boston Children's Hospital's Mark Kieran, chief of neuro-oncology, and Dr. Alan R. Cohen, neurosurgeon in chief, when they saw their daughter's health wasn't declining. They gave her an MRI and determined that there was a strong chance the tumor she had was malignant, or noncancerous.
"I spoke to mom on the phone and told her that I thought there was enough question about the diagnosis that we should not give Abigail a death sentence," he said.
Little Abby went into surgery and emerged tumor free.
"When Dr. Cohen came out of surgery and said, 'We got it all,' it was almost like she was born again," Erika told WCVB.
Her story isn't completely uncommon, either. In April, Live Science reported a study suggesting that 12 million people in the U.S. are misdiagnosed.
Though it's better to be safe than sorry, Erika wrote on her blog she's thankful she got a second opinion. She took to her daughter's community Facebook page with more than 9,000 likes to share the good news along with photos.
"Abigail couldn't have been in better hands," she wrote. "We are so thankful Dr. Cohen took care of Abigail and she is one of his happy endings!"
A happy ending, indeed.