-- A baby who was not expected to live and captured the heart of the Internet last month with her stunning photos has defied all odds, according to her parents and doctor.
The story of Abigail Jones and her family, first reported by ABC News, began when she was diagnosed in utero with deadly brain cancer. Doctors told her parents she would likely die soon after birth and that surgery or chemo would likely kill her. Her parents took her home with pediatric hospice care and waited for what they thought was the inevitable.
"She is the chillest baby ever," her mother, Erika Jones, told ABC News in September. "She just loves to be held. She watches your face, tracks it with her eyes. She's had her feeding tube removed and is gaining weight."
With every day that passed, her parents said they dared to hope. And despite being told there was nothing to be done, the Jones family found a doctor who felt differently.
"The family was sent home from the hospital in Florida having been given a death sentence for Abigail," Dr. Alan R. Cohen, neurosurgeon-in-chief at Boston Children’s Hospital, said. "They [the Jones family] contacted Boston Children's Hospital and Mark Kieran, chief of neuro-oncology, and I reviewed the MRI and thought the tumor actually might not be malignant. 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."
Last week, the Jones family traveled to Boston. "We repeated an MRI, which again made me suspicious that the tumor was not, in fact, malignant. We operated on Abigail through a left frontoparietal craniotomy and removed the tumor, which, in fact, was benign."
Cohen said he does not believe the tumor will return.