An eight-year-old girl who was diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer at the age of five and told that she would not survive has miraculously recovered.
Claudia Burkill was diagnosed with terminal metastatic pineoblastoma in 2011 after constant and uncontrollable vomiting. Over the past three years, Burkill’s parents Andrea and David were told that their daughter had weeks to live on different occasions, but every time, she just barely kept hanging on.
Finally, three years to the day that the family was handed the worst news possible, Claudia’s doctors called Andrea to let her know that her daughter was in remission. According to Medical Daily, she is "the first in the world to beat brain cancer."
“Claudia is cancer-free and no longer classed as terminally ill,” wrote Andrea on a Facebook page she set up to support her daughter. “A miracle has happened, it really has. I just can’t stop shaking. We had lived with a terminal diagnosis with death believed to be imminent for a crazy 694 days. Today is the very first day in a very long time that I can look into the eyes of our four stunning children and “know” that I don’t have to plan the funeral of one of them in the very near future. The mere joy of being alive today far surpasses any other single day in my life so far. There are no signs of any tumour, any leptomeningeal spread or any recurrent disease, anywhere.”
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Reports say that there are only about four cases of metastatic pineoblastoma diagnosed every year, and the survival rate is less than five percent. Claudia miraculously beat those odds, and now, she’s looking forward to living a hopefully long and healthy life.