Dana Scatton, who’s seven months pregnant, is not only fighting for her own
life, but also for the life of her unborn child after being diagnosed with
teenager from Pennsylvania in the US is now hoping for a Christmas miracle
after she was diagnosed with an incurable and inoperable brain tumour called
diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG) last week.
Dana is set
to give birth in February, but doctors are urging her to deliver the baby in
three weeks’ time so that she can start radiation therapy which may prolong her
treatment Dana will only have two to three months to live, according to Daily Mail. With treatment, she could live for
another nine months.
is typically found in children under the age of 10 and the chance of surviving
for as long as five years with this type of cancer is only 1%.
But Dana is
determined to stay positive. “I’m not going to go by what they [the doctors]
say, I’m expecting a miracle.”
to the doctor in November when she started having trouble speaking.
that it took me a little time to swallow, then walking got harder and it was
even hard to speak,” Dana says.
she thought her symptoms were related to her pregnancy. “I thought it could be
the way the baby was sitting on nerves,” she says.
But a CAT
scan and an MRI showed she has a large tumour at the base of her brain, Mirror reports. This type of tumour grows amidst the
nerves, making it inoperable.
was told of the tumour her first thought was: “Is my baby going to be
therapy is not performed on pregnant women. The cancer itself is unlikely to
affect the baby but aggressive cancer treatment can lead to complications. Birth
defects as a result of radiation therapy include stunted growth and abnormal
Sources: Mirror, Daily Mail, Hollywood Life