For most people who have fallen down a flight of stairs (and survived), it involves a trip to the ER and some broken bones. Occasionally, worse injuries can occur, but it’s rare for doctors to discover an insidious disease when people fall down stairs.
In 2017, The Today Show told the story of Cameron Scott, an 8-year-old boy who loves superheroes. His favorite superhero? Batman. Why Batman? Cameron’s parents, Tamika and Wendell Scott explain that Cameron likes Batman because unlike other superheroes, Batman’s superpower is his brain.
When Cameron fell down the stairs, his parents to him to the hospital because it appeared that his back had been injured. After an MRI, doctors discovered that it was much worse than Cameron’s parents thought.
“It was like an out-of-body experience,” his mother, Tamika Scott, told Sanders. “They initially showed us the back and his spine, and the doctor looking at the pictures turned to the other doctors and said, ‘I need another MRI. I need you to scan upward.”’
Doctors discovered that Cameron had a high-risk stage 4 tumor known as Medulloblastoma. It was in his brain and it had traveled to his spine.
Doctors performed a four-hour surgery to remove the tumors. After the surgery, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital immediately put into play a treatment that they’ve pioneered and which involves their pioneered gene sequencing. It involves targeted treatment. Instead of patients enduring full-body chemo, the specific cancer is treated where it’s located in the body.