Roughly six years ago, a 24-year-old woman was told that she had very little time left to live, seeing how her brain was home to not one, but two tumors.However, Heather Knies somehow managed to make a full recovery and now, at age 32, she can take pride in being cancer-free, sources report.
As was to be expected, the team of doctors who was in charge of overseeing this case was taken aback not only by Heather's now clean MRIs, but also by her managing to remain pregnant and giving birth to a daughter.
More so given the fact that one of her brain tumors was a grade 4 glioblastoma, which means that the doses of radiation and chemotherapy she had to be exposed to after the tumors had been surgically removed were quite elevated ones and therefore likely to negatively impact on her fertility.
According to specialists working with the Barrow Neurological Institute in Arizona, Heather Knies did no more and no less than bypass and even break the so-called biological rules that determine how such tumors evolve once they form inside an individual's body.
Dr. Robert Spetzler wished to draw attention to the fact that, “It's [i.e. the grade 4 gioblatoma] one of the most malignant tumors there is. Invariably it will come back and pop up somewhere else in the brain and it's uniformly fatal.”
“It's not unheard of that that a few survive -- it's a bell curve and there are outliers. But in her case, not only has she survived, but she is perfectly normal and there is absolutely no evidence of a tumor on her MRI scan,” Dr. Robert Spetzler went on to add.
Despite the fact that Heather's MRI scans are now clean, the 32-year-old mom is to continue making regular visits to the hospital, just to make sure that the cancer is not planning on making a comeback.