LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A Central Arkansas toddler diagnosed with leukemia is being called ‘a miracle’ by both his family and doctors.
On Friday 2-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,“ said A.J.’s mom Katrina Morris. “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 fell off on it’s own.“
Smiling through it all, A.J. is leaving his doctors in awe.
“It was a very challenging case for all of us,“ said Dr. Amir Mian, Pediatric Hematologist-Oncologist at Arkansas Children’s.
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. That’s one of the reasons we come to work everyday,“ Dr. Mian added. “It’s emotionally very challenging, we’re all parents, we’ve all got kids as well so it’s days like, this it’s stories like that that really keep us going.“
For A.J.’s family going home is the best present, coming just a couple days before his third birthday.
“Out of nowhere he was in remission,“ Morris added.
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.“