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A Memphis mom can't thank a LeBonheur Children's Hospital doctor enough for finding her son's cancer. The December discovery has saved the two-year-old's vision. Now that the tumor is stable, doctors are just watching and waiting.
Development delays of her young son Aidan raised red flags for mom Elisha Conway. She said her son didn't start walking until two weeks before his second birthday, and that's when she got him tested.
"He was a little behind in everything," Elisha said. "At first, he was diagnosed with autism."
After a week-long stay at LeBonheur last July, Dr. Kathryn McVicar noticed spots on his skin. Could the skin spots be related to the developmental delays? Dr. McVicar said it was highly likely.
"[Aidan] came in with his mother and he was just a cute kid. They were being evaluated for some developmental delays, and so he needed a complete examination," McVicar said. "Because the brain and the skin come from the same place when the baby is forming, you can have spots on the skin, and then have problems in the central nervous system, the brain and the nerves."
Dr. McVicar diagnosed the toddler with neurofibromatosis, a genetic disorder of the nervous system that mainly affects how nerve cells form and grow. This meant the two year old would now be predisposed to tumors, and possibly cancer.
"We weren't expecting that," Elisha said. "It was very overwhelming and that's when she let me cry on her shoulder, and I've loved her ever since. Not every doctor does that."
Two days after Christmas 2010, a tumor surfaced. Aidan was admitted to LeBonheur for an MRI.
"2 days later, I got the results and it said that he had a tumor on his right optic nerve and that we were being sent to St. Jude," Elisha said. "I was shocked, I couldn't believe it."
"Having been sent there, he's now being treated with chemotherapy in order to maintain his vision, in order to keep him from losing his vision from these changes that's occurring on the nerves," Dr McVicar explained. "We work very closely with a team of people who help to keep track of what's going on, and then make sure that anything that comes up gets treated immediately."
Aidan is currently on his second round of chemotherapy, and his hair is already falling out. But mom is thankful for this LeBonheur doctor with a watchful eye and a hospital who is helping keep her son alive and well. .
"They're the ones who found the tumor, so we're very thankful to LeBonheur."
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