A Critically Ill Baby Girl Had Her Life Changed After the Pope Kissed Her Head

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A Rare Form

This condition usually appears only in children under a year old. It’s a skin disorder that causes these tumors to grow on the head and neck… But, with Gianna, it was worse. Since the tumor ended up growing on her brain stem it was very different and very, very difficult to treat.

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Wasn’t Looking Good


Since the brain stem is so delicate, the tumor’s placement was dangerous for her development. In fact, the tumor was basically attacking her central nervous system, making things extra complicated. Doctors told the Masciantonio’s that Gianna was not going to live for much longer. The couple checked her into hospice care to make her last days comfortable.

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