In May 2012, doctors told 3-year-old Ethan’s parents, Kamala and Terrance, that their son’s nausea and headaches were the result of a virus, but mother’s intuition told Kamala the cause of his symptoms was something more serious.
“When we left the doctor, I was in tears,” said Kamala. “I knew in my heart that something wasn’t right. I knew it wasn’t a virus.”
Kamala insisted the doctor look deeper. Finally, a CT scan detected a mass on Ethan’s brain. He underwent immediate surgery to drain the fluid. Doctors determined Ethan suffered from a brain tumor called ependymoma. His parents turned to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for his treatment and care. St. Jude freely shares the breakthroughs it makes, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children.
Ethan’s treatment at St. Jude included surgery to remove the tumor, chemotherapy and radiation therapy. He also participated in physical, speech and occupational therapies at St. Jude.
“If we had any concerns, our doctors and nurses listened to us. That really put us at ease,” Kamala said. "There’s no place like St. Jude. It’s a gift from God. I know Ethan has received the best treatment here.”
Now finished with treatment, Ethan, who is now 6, visits St. Jude for regular checkups. He loves Superman, playing ball, swimming and dancing. When he grows up, he wants to be a doctor.
“Ethan is a joy to be around,” Kamala said. “We’re so grateful for St. Jude.”
There’s no place like St. Jude. It’s a gift from God. I know Ethan has received the best treatment here.