Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Devon Still has kept the public informed regarding his daughter Leah’s battle with cancer. While he was happy to announce the 5-year-old was in remission this spring, Leah has faced a setback in her treatment.
According to TODAY, Still says Leah has faced VOD or veno-occlusive disease, a complication that can occur during stem cell transplant surgery. Leah got the transplant in March and was declared cancer-free. VOD also effects the liver when the patient is given a high-dose of chemotherapy before a stem cell transplant.
Devon made the announcement on his Instagram page over the weekend as the one-year mark of Leah’s diagnosis draws near.
I need some prayers sent up for Leah tonight! We hit a pretty serious complication from the stem cell transplant called VOD. They caught it early so hopefully it gives the doctors a better chance of stopping it from getting aggressive. As you can imagine our minds are all over the place but we're going to try and remain positive! #LeahStrong #WaitingForTheDayEverythingReturnsToNormal
Leah was diagnosed with Stage IV neuroblastoma in June 2014. Still pushed for Leah with the movement #LeahStrong, encouraging everyone to be informed about pediatric cancer. In doing so, he was brought back to the Bengals after being cut earlier this year. The team also donated $1.3 million to the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.
To commemorate Leah’s journey, Still shared a portrait tattoo of his daughter on Instagram Sunday.
SOURCE: TODAY | VIDEO CREDIT: NDN