The first form of treatment Kylia received after doctors diagnosed her with stage IV neuroblastoma in January 2014 was a blood transfusion.
It was one of 28 blood and platelet transfusions Kylia needed while battling the rare cancer where malignant cells form in nerve tissue of the adrenal gland, neck, chest or spinal cord.
Four years later. Kylia, who was just a year old at the time of her diagnosis, is stable and if doctors see no changes to a tumor that is wrapped around a major blood vessel for her left kidney they will declare her as being in remission later this year, her mother, Kelly, said.
Blood and platelets played an extremely important role in Kylia’s recovery. So important, in fact, that Kelly didn’t hesitate to say blood products saved her daughter’s life.
“Without blood transfusions Kylia wouldn’t be here,” she said. “Her hemoglobin levels were dangerously low, and when she received her chemotherapy it completely wiped out all of her red blood cells.”
Kylia received six total rounds of chemotherapy, with each resulting in a week-long hospital stay, her mother said. She also underwent a stem cell transplant.
The end result of all the blood transfusions and medical procedures is that Kylia is now “very much enjoying life,” Kelly said.
Kylia also loves the Disney princesses and had a chance to meet several of them during a Make-A-Wish Disney cruise, her mother said.
“It seems like she has a new favorite every hour,” Kelly joked. “She’s a big fan.”
As one would imagine, Kelly is very passionate about blood donation and encouraged all those who are able to roll up their sleeve and give a pint.
“It’s amazing that just one pint of blood can save three lives,” Kelly said. “I encourage everyone who is eligible to give blood to do so. It’s very easy to do and something that is needed every day.”