Most babies love to smile and cuddle and play, but Felicity is one of the happiest babies you’ll ever meet. She's special, and her name matches her personality to a T.
Medically, she’s nearly unique.
“We went to our pediatrician for her four-month checkup,” recalled her mother, Mandy. “Being a first-time mommy, I was so scared about getting her shots.”
But the family was in for something much scarier. Felicity’s pediatrician suspected she might have a condition that causes fluid build up inside the brain — known as hydrocephalus — and ordered an ultrasound, which led to a CT scan, which led to a stay in the pediatric intensive care unit, and the news that a giant cyst was pushing Felicity’s brain aside, essentially mashing it into her skull.
And this still wasn’t the worst news.
Felicity had a total of five brain and spinal tumors called desmoplastic infantile astrocytoma: not cancer, but aggressive and deadly all the same. The family sought a referral to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and arrived on Father’s Day 2017.
Her diagnosis is immensely rare.