On March 18, 2019, Maggie Grant was scheduled to be dismissed from Children’s Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama after surgery to insert tubes in her ears. But on that day, instead of going home, her family was told Maggie had cancer – AML – after an accidental lab test found the leukemia blasts in her blood work. She was two and a half years old.
Maggie began chemotherapy immediately. She was tested frequently in the weeks to follow by being sedated to do multiple bone marrow biopsies and lumbar punctures in addition to blood draws for lab work to determine the progress and success of her treatment. Maggie gained remission and was released from the hospital on her 3rd birthday, August 4, 2019.
Unfortunately, her remission only lasted a few months. On January 28, 2020, her family was told her cancer was back and chemotherapy would be necessary again to try to receive remission, this time in order to get to a point so that Maggie could receive a bone marrow transplant. After several months of treatments and a few delays due to the pandemic, Maggie received her transplant with bone marrow donated by her older brother, Kyle, on July 28, 2020.
On November 10th, 106 days after her transplant, Maggie’s follow-up lab results showed the cancer had returned. Her parents were told the only options now were clinical trials and another possible chemotherapy, but these efforts were unsuccessful. Maggie passed away on March 26, 2021 surrounded by her family.