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Claim: Prayers are requested for Ella Newmiller, a 5-year-old North Carolina girl with an inoperable brain stem tumor.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, May 2008]
Origins: As the prayer request reproduced above describes, in April 2008 the family of Ella Newmiller learned just before the little girl's fifth birthday that she has an inoperable brain stem tumor. As Bonnie Rochman of the Raleigh, North Carolina,
EllaAccording to the care page for Ella established on carepages.com, she passed away on 8 February 2012.
An MRI revealed a much scarier truth.
Word went out via e-mail, and people around the world, in India, in France, in Germany and China, responded that they are praying for her. A rainbow of
Ella's parents are struggling with what to tell their daughter about what's happening to her body.
She knows she has something in her brain that needs to come out. She knows her parents are researching every possible way to get it out. What she doesn't know is there aren't a lot of options.
Doctors at UNC-Chapel Hill offer two choices: Radiation or nothing at all. Both alternatives yield the same end result.
Last updated: 9 February 2012
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