A 12-year-old girl who just finished an advanced cancer treatment got a sendoff from the hospital staff that she’ll never forget.
Instead of the traditional hugs and card, she got this fun flash-mob surprise!
“Sophia, like many 12-year olds, loves to dance. She was surprised, flash mob style, by the staff at the Willis Knighton Proton Therapy Center after completing her treatment with advanced proton therapy,” the medical staff at WK Proton Therapy Center/ Willis-Knighton Cancer Center writes. “Many years ago, she was diagnosed with scoliosis and eventually treated with a brace worn 23 hours a day. Her back pained worsened and two years ago, an MRI ordered by her pediatrician revealed she had a large tumor growing on her spinal cord.”
Sophia underwent major surgery to remove the tumor, but a year later tests revealed the tumors had returned. It was at that point that her physicians thought she should undergo proton therapy. According to the video’s description, Sophia was the first pediatric patient to undergo this form of treatment at the Center. Proton therapy decreases radiation to important vital organs and therefore is a better option over traditional x-ray radiation for children.
On this special day, one of Sophia’s nurses gives her a pair of sunglasses and leads her out to the lobby. The staff is waiting for her, all wearing Sophia’s favorite footwear, Converse Chuck Taylor sneakers. With Silento’s “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)” playing, they all got up and danced together, including Sophia. No wonder she has the biggest smile on her face!
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