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6/10/2016 Latest post:
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After experiencing "flu-like" symptoms that were not improving, mom decided to bring Abigail to Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital emergency room, making three visits total. On the third visit, Abby was admitted to the Children's Hospital under observation. She was not eating and had not been for four days prior to being admitted. On the day of discharge, because it was believed she had the flu virus, Abby began to experience neurological changes. She lost her vision and became unresponsive. She immediately went for brain scans, when the mass and fluid (hydrocephalus) was found, to brain surgery to drain fluid off her brain. A few days later she went for a second brain surgery to remove the mass, which was unsuccessful, by biopsy she was diagnosed with brain cancer. Abby has pineoblastoma, a tumor located in the pineal region of the brain. She spent 24 days in PICU in Baton Rouge before she was able to travel to St. Jude Children's Hospital in Memphis, where she is receiving treatment.