On July 4, 2007, Alissa and Michael Dunn welcomed twin girls, Madeline and Isabelle into their family. CBN News reports that the girls arrived a little earlier than planned and they started calling them their firecracker babies.
Alissa explained, “They were 5 pounds, 12 ounces and 5 pounds, 8 ounces, so they were perfect sized little girls. And they surprised us and came on the fourth of July so we call them our firecracker babies.”
Although they were perfectly healthy when they were born, at a routine appointment doctors found that the twins had a rare from of childhood cancer called Neuroblastoma. Alissa said that her girl’s diagnosis looked bad from the very beginning and their doctors said the cancer was Stage 4S, which meant that the original tumor had spread to the liver, skin, and bone marrow. Alissa said, “Things started looking grim pretty quickly. They got sick really quick and they were in so much pain. You couldn’t touch their skin. It looked like it would crack.”
In Michigan, Dr. Jeffrey Taub at Children’s Hospital treated the girls but said they needed to forgo surgery because it could lead to major complications. Instead, they started one of four rounds of chemotherapy. Dr. Taub said, “Their MRI showed that their livers were massively enlarged, extremely abnormal, and that their livers were completely filled with tumor cells. Not just one little part, where you can cut out one little part of the liver and take out the tumor. It just was throughout their whole livers.”
Michael shared what it was like to watch his girl’s go through aggressive treatment. He said, “Some days were very hard. We would get a lot of negative news. When you’re walking through that valley, you really don’t know how things are going to turn out. All you can do is trust in the Lord and just put your faith in Him.”
Remarkably, the treatment started to work and the girls were able to go home after getting a clean bill of health from their doctors. Now Alissa and Madeline are almost eight-years-old and have been cancer-free since leaving the hospital. Dr. Taub agreed that the girl’s healing was miraculous.
He said, “I think in a situation like this, which potentially could have been a tragedy; not only having one child with cancer, but two children at the same time developing cancer, the fact that they both recovered and are cancer free is a true miracle and it’s just really gratifying to see things like this happen.”
Watch the video below to learn more about Madeline and Isabelle’s incredible healing.