Camila Villafañe

By Camila Villafañe

LifeBuzz Staff

11-Year-Old Girl's Inoperable Brain Tumor Disappears, Puzzles Doctors.

Developing a brain tumor at any age is tough. But when you’re an 11-year-old girl with her whole life ahead of her, the news can be devastating. That’s exactly how one Texas family felt when their daughter, Roxli Doss of Hays County, was diagnosed with a brain tumor. To make things worse, the doctors told Roxli’s parents that the tumor was inoperable. But then, something miraculous happened that no one, not even the doctors or the family, could have foreseen.

Roxli Doss is your average 11-year-old who goes to school and rides horses in her spare time.

Like most kids her age, she didn’t have a single worry in the world. Then, she began experiencing severe headaches, double vision, and nausea. So, her family rushed her to see a specialist and were heartbroken by the prognosis.

Roxli Doss is your average 11-year-old who goes to school and rides horses in her spare time.

Gena Layne Doss / Facebook

Doctors had diagnosed Roxli with a diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG), aka a brain tumor.

This tumor was rare, highly aggressive and extremely difficult to treat. But it had developed at the base of Roxli’s brain and doctors feared that her initial symptoms were only the beginning. Soon, other symptoms would follow.

Doctors had diagnosed Roxli with a diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG), aka a brain tumor.

Scott Doss

Roxli’s dad Scott Doss said “It was the worst news we could have had,” and it only got worse.

Dr. Virginia Harrod, who was one of Roxli’s doctors at the Dell Children’s Medical Center, called the disease devastating. It would ultimately affect her ability to swallow, breathe, talk, and see.

Roxli’s dad Scott Doss said “It was the worst news we could have had,” and it only got worse.

Gena Layne Doss

Roxli had to undergo 11 weeks of radiation therapy to deal with the massive brain tumor.

Dr. Harrod knew that in spite of the treatment, Roxli’s condition was terminal. But the little girl’s family wasn’t about to give up. So, in 2018, the Doss family planned a benefit for their daughter in Buda, and community members showed up to give their support.

Roxli had to undergo 11 weeks of radiation therapy to deal with the massive brain tumor.

Gena Layne Doss

Realizing that they would lose Roxli to cancer, Scott and his wife, Gena, turned to a higher power.

At this point, all they could do was hope for a miracle, which they desperately needed. And on September 10, 2018, something incredible happened. An MRI declared Roxli cancer-free.

Realizing that they would lose Roxli to cancer, Scott and his wife, Gena, turned to a higher power.

Gena Layne Doss

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