Before she was diagnosed, Mia was a very active baby who was never sick. She was a perfectly healthy little girl, always with a big smile on her face.
After her first birthday, parents Ben and Nik knew something was wrong…
In June 2018, Mia was airlifted from her family home town to Brisbane.
Within 3 days of being in the hospital, a tumour had broken off and was lodged in her lungs, causing breathing issues – Baby Mia was placed on life support at just 1 year old.
At the time, her Doctors didn’t know the exact diagnosis. Ben and Nic were told that there was nothing the doctors could do for their baby girl, it was pretty much too late for them to save her.
The next day, her Doctors came back with a diagnosis.
On the 23rd of June 2018, Mia was diagnosed with Adrenal Cortical Carcinoma (ACC) which is a very rare type of cancer.
They had the treatment available but were unsure if Mia would make it through the chemotherapy while being on life-support. They bravely decided to go ahead with the first round of chemo and hoped that Mia would make it through.
A week later, she was off her breathing ventilator and had the biggest smile on her face.
After 2 rounds of chemotherapy, they were transferred to the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne for further treatment and family support.
Shortly after arriving at RCH, Mia underwent a life-threatening surgery to remove the tumour on the Adrenal gland which had grown all the way up to the right side of her heart through the main artery.
The tumour was removed in one piece and the operation was a success.
After this, Mia went through another 4 rounds of chemotherapy – finishing up in November 2018.
In December 2018, Mia had her full MRI scan to see if she had any active cancer cells in her body.
On the 7th of February this year, Ben and Nik were told that Mia is now in remission!
Today, Mia still needs to go through scans and blood checks every month, as she is a carrier of the TP53 gene, she is required to have yearly scans and monthly bloods for the rest of her life.
Now that big smile is back. Mia is super cheeky and intelligent and is absolutely adored by her two dogs, Penny and Bear.
You are a little fighter, Mia! You are living proof that we should never underestimate a little girl with a big smile. She may appear cheeky and sweet, but this little cutie KICKED CANCER’S BUTT!