Featured Little Hero Piper
Piper Wilhide was born on September 17th, 2012. She was a very happy baby with a head full of hair. Just shy of 4 weeks old, Piper was taken to her Pediatrician by her mother because her “gut feeling” told her that something was wrong with her baby. She had no fever, no rash, no cough, no symptoms other than getting “sweaty” sometimes. In fact, Piper was just checked out at two and a half weeks old and the Pediatrician had reported that she was a “perfect baby!” On October 16, 2012, at approximately 8:45 a.m., the doctor noticed that her heart rate was fast at 190, so he ordered Piper to the ER to get an EKG done. Her EKG came back normal, but the Pediatrician cardiologist was not going to be there until the following day to see Piper and review the results. Therefore, the adult cardiologist that read her EKG decided to send Piper to the nearest specialist almost an hour away to get it taken care of THAT day. Piper arrived at a Heart Institute where another EKG was done. Again, the same results, everything was fine. Piper and her parents were packing up and getting ready to leave the facility when last minute the doctor ordered an ultrasound. He wanted to confirm that nothing was going on with her heart. The ultrasound tech found no problems and the doctor came in to review the results. As he was reviewing the images, the cardiologist spotted something…a possible cyst! The “cyst” was very large and was sandwiched in between her heart and spine. Piper was then sent to the hospital to have a CT done to confirm that it was a cyst and it would have to be drained. Piper was admitted that night because it was so late in the day and the test would take place on October 17, 2012. This is the day that changed everything. The CT was done and it was confirmed, Piper’s parents were notified that it was not a cyst, in fact, it was every parent’s worst nightmare. Piper. Has. Cancer. Several tests and images took place over a couple week period and she was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, stage III, intermediate risk. She must undergo 4 rounds of chemotherapy and surgery to follow. Chemotherapy will more than likely take place even after surgery once the tumor/most of the tumor is removed.
Piper will start cycle 3 on December the 7th. She will be administered her chemo over three-four days in the hospital through her central line. She remains a brave little hero and her parents could not be any more proud of her! TEAM PIPER, WE BELIEVE!!!!
You can follow Piper’s updates on Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Prayers-For-Piper-Wilhide/164237357033417?fref=ts
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