Ohio girl thankful after battling cancer, COVID-19

HAMILTON — At just 10 years old, Naomi Short has been through a lot: a rare form of brain cancer, COVID-19, and now rehab. Yet she continues with joy.

Doctors diagnosed Naomi with stage four pineoblastoma in 2019 when they found a series of tumors in her brain and spinal cord. She faced cancer head on and looked at everything with a grateful heart.

“Guess what my nurse said? That I do better [in radiation] than most adults,” she said in 2019.

The Hamilton resident’s personality shone with every step. Several surgeries later, Naomi’s brain is cancer-free. Doctors continue to monitor her spine, and her mother Melissa says doctors have seen no growth in previous tests.

Naomi will stay at Cincinnati Children’s for a month in hopes of recovering and walking again.

“One thing I’m so happy about is that I’m still here on this earth and able to be with my family – I’m having so much fun this year,” said Naomi. “I’m getting ready to go back to the hospital for rehab.”

Naomi’s next MRI is scheduled for December 1. Until then, her family said their focus is on celebrating the holidays.

“Happy Thanksgiving everyone,” Naomi said.

This story was originally published by Jake Ryle at WCPO Scripps station in Cincinnati.

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