Imagine, for a moment, that your 10-year-old child is terminally ill. You do everything you can, you give them treatment, but nothing seems to work. You finally come to terms with what's happening and prepare for the future.
But then, something truly miraculous happens. They get better.
That's exactly what happened to the Furco family. Patty and Joe Furco's 10-year-old daughter Abby was diagnosed with Leukemia in 2011. She was given a 20% chance of survival.
“We were devastated,” says Patty. “We were basically told that she was was going to die, there was very little hope.”
Abby spent the next 6 years in and out of hospitals, getting bone marrow transplants, intense chemotherapy, radiation treatments, and a trial drug.
“We kept her surrounded by love because we knew at any moment we could lose her,” says Patty. “There were moments we didn’t know if she’d pull through, she has so many infections that could have ended her life.
In 2013, Abby finished her treatment and had one year cancer-free. She began playing soccer with friends and joined Girl Scouts.
Then, in 2014, the cancer came back.
“As hard as that first diagnosis was, this one tested every ounce of our being,” says Patty. “She became completely immobile, any movement hurt her and she hardly spoke.”
In Maya of 2016, Abby's kidneys started failing. She was moved to intensive care where she was put on dialysis.
“Doctors told us it was time to let her go, she was only awake for like an hour each day,” says Patty. “We began preparing our other daughters for her death.”
Abby was brought to her home under hospice care where she was to live out her last days surrounded by family and friends. Patty and Joe began making funeral arrangements and picking out caskets for their daughter.
But then a true miracle happened. Abby woke up.
Continue to the next page to see what doctors credit her recovery to.