Kids with Courage: Metro girl’s road to recovery in battle with childhood cancer

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OKLAHOMA CITY - A little girl in the metro is proving every day sometimes the strongest among us come in small packages.

Nevaeh was just 7 years old when her mom noticed she wasn't feeling well.

"She didn't want to do anything. She didn't want to go outside. She just wanted to lay around," said Christi Jones, Nevaeh's mother.

Nevaeh also complained about ankle pain, and she was suffering from high fevers which her mother chalked up to growing pains.

But, the little girl's symptoms persisted and got worse.

"She had circles under her eyes and eventually bruising up under her eyes," Jones said.

Nevaeh's mom took her to their pediatrician for blood work.

The news was not good.

"I fell to the ground" Jones said, recalling the day she got the call about her daughter's cancer diagnosis just before Christmas of 2014.

Nevaeh was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a childhood cancer of the blood.

The family was sent to the Jimmy Everest Center.

"When Nevaeh first came and represented, she was quite sick," said Dr. Osman Kahn, Nevaeh's doctor.

With the 7-year-old's white cell count dangerously high, specialists started her on chemotherapy right away.

"She did very well, responded to treatment very well and successfully cleared her leukemia," Kahn said.

Just one month after arriving at the Jimmy Everest, Nevaeh was in remission.

Then came another shock for the family.

Jones gave birth to another daughter just after Nevaeh began her cancer treatment.

That infant was diagnosed with microcephaly, another serious illness that brought the family closer than ever before.

Nevaeh's doctors are optimistic, but she still has a long journey ahead.

"Today, on the drive here, she's like 'When is it going to be over? When am I going to be done? What if it comes back?' You never want to hear your child say those things," Jones said.

For now, Nevaeh will check in at Jimmy Everest twice a month for treatment, including painful lumbar punctures to make sure her cancer has not returned.

Her mother's love sustaining all.

"I would have gladly taken it from her. I wish I could," Jones said.

Nevaeh's stepdad is in the Navy, stationed at Tinker Air Force Base.

Jones said the family was supposed to be transferred months ago, but the military has worked with them to keep them here for the sake of Nevaeh's treatments at Jimmy Everest.

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