One moment a little girl is happy and playful; the next her family is in the hospital with a life threatening condition. Quick action at All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg saved her life.
That's how Roger and Kathy Martin described a horrifying moment with their daughter Mia. Her mom took her to a local carnival where she was excited and having fun on the rides, until she got off the jumping machine.
"She really couldn't stand. She couldn't walk straight. She was stumbling around. She kept saying 'I'm dizzy. I can't stop being dizzy,' " Kathy said after she rushed Mia to the hospital. "They took her in for a CAT scan, and when the results came back they handed us an envelope and said you need to go to All Children's immediately. They are waiting for you."
When they got to All Children's they, received unsettling news.
Mia remembers the moment in detail.
"I had some liquid pushing on my head and my brain and I had a tumor connected to my brain so they had to take it out," she said.
Dr. Stacie Stapleton had Mia as her patient.
"Her surgery went very well and we were able to take out all of the tumor and so she's doing wonderful," Stapleton said.
Through it all, the Martins say they have learned a valuable life lesson.
"Make sure you give a kiss at night before you go to bed, and you make sure you give a kiss the day before you leave. You don't take family for granted anymore. You don't take anything for granted."
Mia is doing is doing just fine and won't need any more surgeries. She even made straight As on her last report card.
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