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Devon Still: Daughter has complications from transplant
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Devon Still: Daughter has complications from transplant

Published May. 29, 2015 9:50 p.m. ET


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.

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

She even managed to have a happy birthday.

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



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