WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Baby Gianna Masciantonio suffered from a brain tumor and her doctors said that she will not live much longer.
- When Pope Francis visited Philadelphia in 2015, Gianna’s parents brought her to his parade and the pope kissed her on the head.
- Gianna, now 3 years old, has beaten the odds and is now ready to start preschool.
Physicians never expected that Gianna Masciantonio, a baby diagnosed with a brain tumor, would even live to celebrate her first birthday – until a ‘miracle’ happened when Pope Francis kissed her head in 2015.
According to a report by NBC News in November 2015, Gianna had a brain tumor and had undergone eight surgeries and numerous chemotherapy treatments at Philadelphia Children’s Hospital in her 15 months of life.
Gianna is now a healthy 3-year-old and will begin preschool this year. Her overjoyed parents, Joey and Kristen Masciantonio, donated $50,000 to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia to celebrate Gianna’s recovery.
They started a foundation called ‘For the Love of Grace’ (Grace is Gianna’s middle name) and made the donation under its name. The foundation devotes their services in helping children who are diagnosed with histiocytosis and brain tumors.
The hospital’s chief of pediatric neurosurgery, Dr. Phillip Storm, remembered the time when he operated on Gianna.
“From what I thought at age 4 months when I operated on her, if you would have told me she’d be running around getting ready to start preschool, I would have told you you’d be crazy. It just wouldn’t happen,” Dr. Storm told CBS Philadelphia.
But, miracles do happen. The medical team who were part of Gianna’s road to recovery is very happy about how she turned out, whether Gianna’s medical miracle was affected by the kiss she received from Pope Francis or not.
The pope has since been made aware of Gianna’s recovery. Apparently, he didn’t know that she was suffering from a serious condition when he visited Philadelphia. A 2016 report from CBS Philadelphia says that Pope Francis has been keeping himself up-to-date about the news of Gianna’s condition.