Tiana’s fighting spirit sees her through
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.