Devon Still: Daughter has complications from transplant

 

Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Devon Still reached out on social media Friday night to ask people to pray for his daughter Leah, who he says is experiencing complications from a stem cell transplant.

Leah, who turned 5 earlier this month, was diagnosed with cancer last year and received support from around the world as she underwent treatment. The news was positive in March when Still tweeted that a scan showed his daughter’s cancer was in remission.

Two months later, however, not everything is going great. Here is what Still wrote on Instagram:

“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!”

Veno-occlusive disease (VOD) is a condition in which the small veins in the liver are obstructed and is the result of high doses of chemotherapy given before a transplant.

Last month, Devon Still revealed Leah would need to start her transplant the day before her birthday and said she stayed positive despite the disappointing news. So he surprised her with a trip to Disney World.

A couple of days ago I found out Leah would be starting her stem cell transplant (one of the hardest treatments in dealing with cancer that last 4-6 weeks) next Tuesday, one day before her birthday. I was hurt by the news because after all she's been through I didn't want that to be the way she celebrated her bday. When I told her she would be in hospital for her bday she looked to the ground with a sad face and seconds later she popped her head up with a smile on her face and said, " that's ok! can we just have cake and balloons in my room?" Seeing how she handles bad news really amazes me and continues to really put life into a different perspective. Although her only wish was for cake and balloons I couldn't let my baby celebrate her bday like that. So I had to book a surprise daddy daughter weekend getaway to her favorite place, Disney World. She thinks we are going to Cincinnati so when she figures out where we are really going I'm sure it will make her care a little less about her spending her bday in the hospital. #JustTheTwoOfUs #CantBelieveSheIsAboutToBe5 #SheIsTrulyMyInspirationMyStrengthMyEverything ✌🏽✈️

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Royalty! #PrincessMakeOver

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Leah still was smiling when she started her hospital stay this month.

Just got to the hospital ready to start Leah's stem cell transplant. For those who don't know what a stem cell transplant is, it's an inpatient procedure that last about 4-6 weeks were patients receive high dosage chemo in order to destroy their damaged or cancerous cells in the body and rebuild new ones. It's a very serious, scary and long treatment but it is a step in the right direction. I'm definitely nervous about this because of the unknown of how her body with react and all the risk that come with the procedure but as you can see Leah is ready and I will gain my strength through her like I have since the beginning. Please send up a prayer for her! #LeahStrong Also I noticed the concerned comments on other post asking why Leah is still doing treatments if she's in remission. Remission basically means that doctors can't see any cancerous cells when looking at scans and test. But when studying cancer you know that although you can't see any cancer cells on scans, physicals, or test because of the strength of the technology, more than likely there are cells hiding.

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She even managed to have a happy birthday.

And passed some of the time autographing copies of her children’s book.

#BeatCancer

#PrayForLeah

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