FAYETTEVILLE, Tenn. (WHNT) -- Harper Bagley celebrated her three-month birthday Tuesday; a small victory for an infant in the fight for her life.
Harper was born on July 22 to Owen and Jill Bagley. During a routine ultrasound the week before Harper was born, an unknown mass was noticed in Harper. After delivery, the doctors at Huntsville Hospital For Women and Children did an ultrasound and MRI and a mass was detected on Harper's adrenal gland.
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Doctors performed emergency surgery to remove this unknown mass. After research between doctors at Huntsville Hospital and St. Jude Children’s Hospital, it was determined that the mass was congenital cystic neuroblastoma. It was benign, but Harper's case is one of only about 25 on record ever.
After several days’ stay in the NICU, Harper came home with her mom and dad. But during a follow-up visit, small tumors were discovered in Harper’s liver. The infant has since undergone additional testing as well as three rounds of chemotherapy.
The family created "Team 365." They have collected more than $20,000 for cancer research at St. Jude and hope to raise even more. See an open letter from the Bagley family below:
"St. Jude has a daily operating budget of 1.8 million dollars and performs all services at absolutely 0 cost to patients and their families. It is our hope that the small amount of money we are able to raise will go towards helping another child like Harper in the future. We can't say thank you enough to all our doctors, nurses, and the overall staff of St. Jude in Memphis and Huntsville for the love and quality of care they have given us.If by chance anyone is interested in joining Team 365 feel free to send any donations directly to St. Jude in honor of Harper Bagley or fell free to mail them to Harper Bagley St. Jude Fund, PO Box 470, Fayetteville, TN 37334 and they will be hand delivered directly to St. Jude. "-Owen, Jill, and Harper Bagley