In a remarkable turn of events, an eleven-year-old girl from Texas has stunned doctors by making a miraculous recovery from an inoperable brain tumor. Roxli Doss and her family were devastated to learn that she had been diagnosed with a rare and incurable tumor called scattered intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG). This devastating diagnosis predicted a future of vision loss, difficulty speaking, and swallowing for Roxli.
Medical professionals from various hospitals all confirmed Roxli’s diagnosis of DIPG, and so she embarked on an intensive treatment plan, including weeks of radiation and other therapies. Throughout this challenging time, the community rallied around Roxli and her family, organizing fundraisers and events to support them in their fight against the devastating disease. Despite the bleak outlook, Roxli’s parents, Scott and Gena Doss, kept their faith alive, hoping for a miracle. And that’s exactly what happened.
During a follow-up MRI scan of Roxli’s brain, to everyone’s astonishment, the tumor had completely vanished. Doctors were left speechless and perplexed, unable to explain what had occurred. However, for this God-fearing family, there was no question as to whom the credit belonged. Through tearful smiles, they attribute Roxli’s incredible healing to the grace of God.
“We say it every day,” Gena, Roxli’s mother, shares. “It’s become our family ritual to give thanks to God for healing Roxli.” Now, this spirited eleven-year-old is back to her regular routine of playing outdoors and riding horses. While doctors may be at a loss for explanations, the faith-filled hearts of this family know that God’s healing touch reached them in their time of need.
Isaiah 41:10 reassures us, “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Roxli’s recent experience with severe headaches prompted her parents to seek medical attention. After numerous doctor visits without clear answers, an MRI scan finally revealed the devastating diagnosis of a Pontine tumor, also known as DIPG.
Treatment began with steroids to alleviate the pressure caused by the tumor. Roxli will undergo another evaluation of the tumor in a few days, and the doctor will provide a comprehensive treatment plan. If the tumor has not reduced in size, the possibility of inserting a stent to redirect fluid flow will be considered.
Roxli will remain in the hospital for several days before her family plans a trip to the beach for a much-needed vacation. Upon their return, she will undergo radiation treatments from Monday to Friday for six weeks, in hopes of slowing down the tumor’s growth.
Dr. Harrod, who has been closely involved in Roxli’s case, shared, “The now 11-year-old underwent weeks of radiation, even though there is no cure. The community held a benefit for her in August, and the Buda community responded in a tremendous way. At that point, all Gena and Scott Doss could do was hope for a miracle.”
“And we got it,” Gena exclaimed.
“Praise God we did,” Scott added.
Today, their tears are tears of joy.
“When I first saw Roxli’s MRI scan, it was truly incredible,” Dr. Harrod continued. “The tumor is completely undetectable on the MRI scan, which is extremely rare.”
Doctors remain unable to explain the disappearance of the tumor.
“At Dell Children’s, Texas Children’s, Dana-Farber, John Hopkins, and MD Anderson, everyone agreed it was DIPG,” Scott shared with gratitude.