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It’s a Christmas Miracle — Texas Girl’s Tumor Vanishes

Child had been diagnosed with a rare and extremely fatal illness with no known cure — now, an MRI scan shows nothing

In an apparent Christmas miracle, an 11-year-old Texas girl’s inoperable brain tumor has vanished.

Roxli Doss was diagnosed with diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma — or DIPG — back in June of this year.

It’s a rare and yet extremely fatal disease, with no cure, as Fox News reported in a piece about the development.

And only some 300 children are diagnosed with DIPG each year in this country.

“It is very rare, but when we see it, it is a devastating disease,” Dr. Virginia Harrod of Dell Children’s Medical Center told KVUE, an ABC affiliate in central Texas.

“You have decreased ability to swallow, sometimes vision loss, decreased ability to talk, eventually difficulty with breathing.”

After diagnoses and a family-held benefit in August, the child was put through weeks of radiation.

With no known cure, parents Gena and Scott Doss could only pray for a miracle.

“And we got it,” declared Gena Doss.

“Praise God we did,” added her husband, the station reported.

From “no cure” to “vanished without a trace,” the disappearance of the tumor has left the Doss family eternally grateful — and the family’s doctors in disbelief.

“When I first saw Roxli’s MRI scan, it was actually unbelievable,” said Harrod.

“The tumor is undetectable on the MRI scan, which is really unusual.”

Doctors simply have no explanation.

Roxli Doss is now back to her normal self — and is enjoying being a kid again.

Her newly granted clean bill of health has allowed her to get back to what she loves doing the most — and that’s horseback riding.

“We didn’t know how long she would be healthy and, look at her, she’s just doing awesome,” said Scott Doss.

“She is just as active as she ever was.”

The girl’s parents say the results of the MRI have been double-checked and that doctors continue to closely monitor her, as KVUE.com reported.

As a precaution, their daughter will continue to undergo some treatments, including immunotherapy.

“Every day we still say it,” said Gena Doss.

“It’s kind of our family thing that God healed Roxli.”

Diffuse intrinsic pontine gliomas are highly aggressive and difficult-to-treat brain tumors found at the base of the brain, according to Dana-Farber Boston Children’s Center.

They are glial tumors, which means these tumors arise from the brain’s glial tissue — the tissue comprised of cells that help support and protect the brain’s neurons.

These tumors are found in an area of the brain stem called the pons.

It controls many of the body’s most vital functions, such as breathing, blood pressure, and heart rate, the organization also explains.

Diffuse intrinsic pontine gliomas account for 10 percent of all childhood central nervous system tumors.