Tiana’s fight­ing spirit sees her through

The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS -

Five-year-old Tiana Gray is the poster girl for this Sun­day’s Pro­fes­sion­als’ Big Rig Ride.

For Tiana and her fam­ily it’s been quite a jour­ney.

At birth Tiana’s right leg looked more bowed than usual, and at 2 months old she was di­ag­nosed with con­gen­i­tal pseu­doarthro­sis of the tibia, which broke when she was 3 months old.

Then her fibu­lar broke as well. The break was non-union, not mend­ing like nor­mal bone. From 4 months of age Tiana was un­der the care of a Starship pae­di­atric or­thopaedic sur­geon.

At 6 months of age she was di­ag­nosed as also hav­ing neu­rofi­bro­mato­sis known as NF1.

Her first Starship surgery was in June 2012 to have a rod in­serted along with bone graft­ing and a pro­ce­dure known as BMP.

Af­ter three months in a cast, the process didn’t take. Part of her af­fected foot was am­pu­tated, and Tiana was fit­ted with a pros­thetic.

In 2013, Tiana was di­ag­nosed with a rare liver cancer, re­sult­ing in four cy­cles of chemo, then surgery to re­move the tu­mour and part of her liver, fol­lowed by an­other 2 cy­cles of chemo.

Af­ter com­plet­ing the full treat­ment, an MRI scan in Septem­ber 2013 showed Tiana was cancer free, and fol­low­ing reg­u­lar three-monthly checks and tests she has re­mained in re­mis­sion ever since.

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