Eight-year-old with bone cancer has arm bone implanted in her leg Eight-year-old with bone cancer has arm bone implanted in her leg
When eight-year-old Abri Bentley woke up suddenly in the middle of the night with a searing pain in her left leg, she didn’t know... Eight-year-old with bone cancer has arm bone implanted in her leg

When eight-year-old Abri Bentley woke up suddenly in the middle of the night with a searing pain in her left leg, she didn’t know what else to do but scream for her mom and dad. Her parents tried everything but couldn’t calm their daughter down or do anything to relieve her pain. Not knowing what else to do, they rushed her to the ER. After a thorough examination, the doctor concluded that it was just “growing pains.”

But Abri continued to suffer intense pain in her leg and it seemed to be getting worse. Her parents were desperate and contacted Phoenix Children’s Hospital to see if anything could be done. “He did a biopsy, sent it off, and 24 hours later, we had a diagnosis,” Abri’s mother Nikkole remembered.

The diagnosis was shocking: Abri was suffering from Ewing’s sarcoma, a malignant tumor that attacks the bones or soft tissue. Doctors knew that they had no time to lose and Abri immediately started chemotherapy.

In total, Abri underwent 17 rounds of chemotherapy and then had an operation to remove her shin bone and replace it with an arm bone from an adult cadaver.

Despite all of this, Abri has managed to maintain her sunny demeanor and has even come up with a cute nickname for her new body part. She calls it her “arg,” a combination of “arm” and “leg.” Her cancer is now in remission and she’s learning to walk on her “arg” step by step. The quick diagnosis and reaction by the staff at Phoenix Children’s Hospital made it all possible and Abri and her family will be forever grateful to them.

“I am just so happy and thankful and blessed that she’s healthy, and that she’s doing great,” commented Nikkole with tears in her eyes. Abri has gone through more than most kids her age, but she’s obviously a brave little girl with a strong will to live. And with that her cheery personality and great sense of humor, the future sure looks bright for her!

Henry Okafor

  • Amya

    2017-06-05 #1 Author

    Very interesting but an eye opener

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    • Nikki

      2017-06-08 #2 Author

      Have To Be Very Mindful.

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  • Shenika

    2017-06-05 #3 Author

    My prayers go out to this little girl no one should ever, especially a child have to go through this. 💜

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  • Nappre sutton

    2017-06-05 #4 Author

    Prayers goes out to this little girl and family!

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  • Fortunate

    2017-06-05 #5 Author

    No bone cancer formed against u shall prosper in da name of Jesus. God heal this innocent soul

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  • Tori

    2017-06-05 #6 Author

    Prayers to this sweet little girl

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  • Peace Akpan Ufuoma

    2017-06-06 #7 Author

    I pray God heal her perfectly

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  • Taya Spearman

    2017-06-10 #8 Author

    Omg prayers to him and his family God got it

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