When expecting a baby, your body goes through dramatic changes, and these changes vary from person to person. Danna Scatton, a college freshman in Hazelton, Pennsylvania began to feel symptoms that she thought were related to her pregnancy…… She was wrong.
“I was really overtired,” Dana, told Reporters. “But things kept getting worse. I was forgetting to swallow and my speech got weird. Then my legs started not responding to things — when I would walk, my legs would drag. That’s when I really got concerned.”
Dana was diagnosed on Dec.10, 2017, with a diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma tumor, a deadly form of brain cancer. This news was very shocking to her, especially since she was carrying a child. All she can think about was the health of her unborn baby girl.
Early December, Dana made a trip to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, to discuss the next steps regarding treatment. The doctor told her she had no survival rate and that she should start radiation so her symptoms can subside. Dana was nervous the radiation would harm the baby so she decided to hold off until after she gave birth.
What a hard decision this young mom had to make. Unfortunately, her symptoms got worse and was rushed to the hospital to start radiation immediately because now, her life depended on it.
“I feel like God just directed the doctors to help decide what I should do,” Dana told the outlet. “I wasn’t sure if I wanted to start radiation without having the baby because I didn’t want it to hurt her. But I couldn’t decide what to do — it was too hard.”
Thankfully, her baby girl who is named Aries Marie was born as healthy as any baby at 4 lb., 6 oz can be. And the doctor confirmed that the radiation didn’t harm her gorgeous baby girl.
“I am just the proudest mother ever,” Dana wrote in an emotional Facebook post after the birth of her baby. “She honestly is stronger than me and I mean that. God has been working wonders in my life and has been carrying us to the victory line. This battle already has been won.”