Christmas Comes Early for Pediatric Cancer Patient

Thursday, September 29, 2011 - 9:53am

An eight year old cancer patient is told he's going to check out a new exam room at Driscoll Children's Hospital here in Brownsville, little did he know, a big surprise was waiting for him behind closed doors.

Matthew Carroll is a cancer survivor who's doing quite well, despite having his leg, right at the knee, amputated not too long ago.

The third grader who attends Morningside Elementary School here in Brownsville was diagnosed with a rapid form of bone cancer on Christmas Eve of last year.

But Wednesday was kind of like an early Christmas for this kid.

The National Weather Service out of Brownsville and Corpus Christi presented the boy with loads of gifts, just because, well, they think he's awesome!

"We’d seen him online, we’d seen his story and of course it touched all of us...We do several service projects and I don't think any of them have touched us as much as this one has," says Meteorologist, Steve Drillette, of the NWS.

This month marks Pediatric Cancer Awareness and National Week of Service. The NWS combined both events into making this special day possible for the cancer patient.

“I didn't know this was gonna happen, so when I saw this is was like, "Wow, this is cool," says eight year old cancer survivor Matthew Carroll.

As of now Matthew is doing really well, his cancer is at bay and his doctors hope to keep it that way.

"He's tolerated chemo therapy well and he's actually finished with his treatment, now he's doing well and as you can see it's not slowing him down a bit," says Matthews Oncologist, Cris Johnson.

That was evident! This energetic eight year old tried to get a little match going with the Weather Service guys, nearly taking one of them out, and while on crutches.

Matthew will soon start working with a physical therapist to get accustom to his prosthetic leg.

You never know, this kid could be the next big thing out there on the soccer field!

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