Toddler diagnosed with rare brain cancer
SAN ANTONIO - A mother's intuition and persistence about her son's health put doctor's in a better position to try and save his life.
The 2-year old is receiving treatment for a rare form of brain cancer.
He'd been sick for months before he was finally diagnosed.
Now his mother is sharing his story to raise awareness.
Full of life, at 2-years old Makale Johnson knows how to light up a room.
That winning smile started to fade four months ago when doctors struggled to figure out why he was constantly sick.
He couldn't keep food down.
Emily Davenport was told her youngest son was suffering from severe asthma.
Instead it was Ependimoma, a rare form of brain cancer.
"I want people to know if there's something going on with your child don't hesitate to try to see what's wrong," Davenport said.
Doctors say her persistence saved his life.
During a 9-hour surgery doctors were able to remove 85-percent of the tumor.
"They removed as much as they could that was safe for him, and what left effects his breathing, his talking and his swallowing," Davenport said.
Makale is still in the Intensive Care Unit; dazed heavily medicated and unable to communicate in anyway.
But he still he knows his mom is there.
"It's hard, it's really hard," Davenport said.
"More than anything I just want my baby back," Davenport said. "I want him to be able to throw Leggos out of the bed, and say he wants a bean and cheese taco."
The single mother of four is holding out hope for Makale's full recovery.
She left his beside for the first time Tuesday to send a warning to other parents.
"If you feel like something is not right with your child," Davenport said. "Like just keep on it, and keep on it and keep on it, because if I didn't keep on it my child would be dead."
Little Makale is not out of the woods just yet.
Doctors want him to recover before deciding the next plan of action.
If you'd like to help with medical expenses follow this link to his medical fund.