At the hospital in Mumbai, 13-month-old Bella had pulled through surgery to remove her brain tumor. But the news was still grim: Her cancer was incurable. As Bella’s parents reeled, a stranger approached – the father of another child in the same hospital. He told them about St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Bella’s parents had never heard of St. Jude. But soon, based on additional pathology from St. Jude, as well as another hospital in India, Bella’s diagnosis was changed to anaplastic ependymoma – a survivable disease, if treated properly. At St. Jude, Bella received proton therapy and chemotherapy. And today, she’s thriving.