On December 23, William and Audrey’s 16 month-old baby Talitha had an MRI to see if they could find out why she was beginning to lose her balance when walking.
Unfortunately (or fortunately depending on how you want to look at it), the scan showed a substantial brain tumor that was causing severe hydrocephalus.
They immediately took her to the Primary Childrens’ Medical Center (PCMC) where she underwent a 6 hour operation on Christmas Eve to remove as much of the tumor as possible and get a drain in her head to release the built up pressure.
She was in the Pediatric ICU for 10 days from December 23, 2009 to January 1, 2010 and then in the Neuroscience Trauma Unit for 4 more days.
Tali began intense chemotherapy on January 18, 2010 to fight the Medulloblastoma cancer.
The hardest part for Audrey and William is seeing their baby suffer. They have expressed gratitude for the life-saving miracles from God they feel have been granted as a result of so much fasting and prayer by so many concerned family, friends, and neighbors.
Currently, baby Talitha is undergoing Bone Marrow Transplant in addition to the ongoing cancer fighting chemotherapy.
As a result of the brain surgery in December of '09, Talitha lost her ability to talk, walk, and eat and has been much more like a little baby. The good news is that prior to beginning chemotherapy, her speech entirely returned, she was able to sit up again, the coordination in her left hand and arm were dramatically improving, and she was eating normally. The doctors believe that with therapy she will be able to learn to walk again.
Obviously, it has been an emotional roller coaster for Audrey and William and their family. Their faith in God is strong and they are putting their trust in Him and receiving strength to make it through this trial.
Thank you for your prayers, faith, and support on their behalf.