Baby Born With 'Blueberry Muffin Syndrome' Beats The Odds

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades
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Mia McConnelogue was born on March 18 at Altnagelvin Area Hospital in Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

The newborn had unusual lesions on her skin, and doctors quickly diagnosed her with acute myeloid leukemia, also known as Blueberry Muffin Syndrome, which developed in the womb. The aggressive form of cancer, which is named for the blue lesions on the patient’s skin, left Mia with a 50 percent chance of survival, according to Mirror Online.

"I couldn't believe that it was happening," Mia’s mother, Stephanie McConnelogue, told Mirror Online. "I felt like I was in a dream and that I was going to wake up some time. We were all just devastated. I was terrified she was going to die, absolutely terrified."

Mia underwent her first round of chemo at just 2 days old. After two more rounds and a bone marrow transplant, she was pronounced cancer-free.

Doctors warned that chemo could have killed Mia, but her parents’ decision to take the risk paid off.

"Mia is a miracle,” Stephanie said. "There are no words to describe it. She is unbelievable.

"Now all her eyebrows and her hair is all growing back. She was born with hair, and then it it all fell out because of the chemo."

Though Mia’s immune system is fragile, her parents have finally been able to take her home.

"We are over the moon to say the least,” Mia’s father, Tony, said. "I would tell other parents to get a second opinion. At the end of the day, if we did take her home she might not be here now.”

Sources: Mirror, LiftBump / Photo credit: Mirror