LIFE

4th Grader Has A Violent Headache. 6 Days Later, She’s In The Hospital With A Brain Tumor

by Paul Morris
Paul is a proud Southerner who enjoys long walks in the woods, sweet tea, and watching movies. He’s also an expert pastry chef and will share his rhubarb-berry pie recipe with just about anyone who asks. He loves America and playing with animals of all kinds. When he isn't writing about the things he loves most, you can find him in the great outdoors!

It’s pretty scary to think about just how quickly your life can totally change. One day, things can seem totally normal and fine, and when you least expect it, all of that can be turned upside down.

No one knows that fact better than Sophie Fellows and her incredibly brave parents. The little girl was 9 years old and in the middle of a Christmas violin concert when she began to suffer from the annoying pangs of a little headache. Quickly, the headache got so severe that she had to actually leave the concert before the night had come to a finish.

The next day, she was throwing up, and Mom instantly knew something was horribly wrong. They took her to the doctor, and soon after, they were given the bad news that their beautiful little daughter had a rather large brain tumor.

After a little bit of research, Sophie’s parents took her to Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, simply because they were the best. In less than a week, Sophie was being prepped for a risky (but lifesaving) brain surgery.

And right before her surgery began, 17 of her loving classmates showed up just so this little girl could finish the concert she had to leave from a week earlier.

Thankfully, the amazing doctors at Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s took out 100 percent of the tumor, which, in a child of that age, means they’re cured. Even though it’s been a hectic few years, something tells us that this brave and beautiful little girl has a very bright future ahead of her, thanks to a truly incredible team of doctors!

Special thanks to Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center. For more moving patient stories, read Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s Insight blog and Boston Children’s Hospital’s Thriving blog. Check out this video for more information on Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s.

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