CYPRESS, Texas (KTRK) — The casual conversation we observe between four people isn’t part of every hospital visit. It’s the latest win for a local family.
“You have to celebrate this win,” said Amra Sehic. “Every little thing in this process is a victory.”
Three years ago next month, then 15-year-old Mely Sehic was diagnosed with metastatic pineoblastoma, a stage 4 brain tumor that had spread to her spine.
“I never had any doubts that I wouldn’t beat that,” admitted Mely, now 18. “I just knew straight away we have to get through this and if we get through this I’ll be healthy and I’ll have a good recovery.”
After three major brain surgeries at Texas Children’s Hospital, she had radiation and chemotherapy. The chemo caused nerve damage and cost Mely, a former athlete, her ability to walk.
“We made sure that we all play a role,” explained Amra, Mely’s mother.
“This had to be a team effort from start to finish,” said Dr. Frank Lin, a pediatric neuro-oncologist at Texas Children’s Hospital.
“What I tried to create throughout the process was a winning spirit,” said Jasmin Sehic, Mely’s father.
play your part. Teamwork. A winning spirit.
It all sounds like something we hear from athletes or coaches. Mely’s father was both.
Born in Bosnia, he qualified for the 1992 Summer Olympics in the javelin throw. But months before the games, Jasmine was drafted to fight in his country’s war, so he missed the Olympics.
“That was the end of my sports career,” Jasmin remembers. “But there’s something inside me that’s still there and nobody can remove it. It’s the love of life, of sport and seeing people get better.”
Jasmin’s new squad is Team Mely. With the help of doctors, physiotherapists and her older brother Samir, Jasmin Mely trained for six months and together she learned to walk again.
“I don’t think Mely really understood how much energy, motivation and inspiration she gave me over the past few years,” revealed Dr. Lin
“All my life I’ve just been an overly positive person and seen things on the bright side,” explained Mely, a graduate of Cy Woods High School. “I think that helped when I was first diagnosed.”
And now that she’s cancer-free and nearly 100 percent recovered, Mely hopes to inspire other kids fighting cancer.
“So many children, little children, go through this hospital,” said Mely, fighting back tears. “I was just a normal teenager and I feel like I have a purpose in life now. I want to give people a light to look at.”
That’s why this team is back at Texas Children’s Hospital on this day, celebrating their victories and those to come for others.
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