Leah Still Released From Hospital After Doctors See Improvement

NFL player Devon Still and his daughter, Leah, Feb. 12, 2015, in New York City
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The prayers for 4-year-old Leah Still have apparently been answered.

In May, football player Devon Still had asked his social media following to pray for his daughter's recovery after a setback in her cancer treatment. Leah's condition has improved since then, and her doctors have released her from the hospital, CBS News reports.

Devon Still shared on Twitter a picture taken during Leah's last night in the hospital. He tweeted that Leah, who tried to stay up all night and watch movies, is in good spirits and now back home "like she never left."


Leah captured attention last year when doctors diagnosed her condition as neuroblastoma, a cancer found in children younger than 5, and gave her a 50-50 chance of survival, according to CBS. After Leah had a tumor removed from her abdomen, she started chemotherapy to kill the cancer cells in her bone marrow. Leah finished her latest round of chemotherapy in April and underwent a stem cell transplant in May.

Doctors then discovered that Leah had developed hepatic veno-occlusive disease, a complication associated with a stem-cell transplant that affects the liver.

The Cincinnati Bengals player took time off from the football season last year while his daugher received treatment. Since Leah's condition has improved, Still is training with the team for the upcoming season.

"My daughter has won the battle against cancer, and I know she wants me to go out and prove myself on the football field, so that's what I'm working towards," he told WKRC-TV.

Read more at CBS News and WKRC-TV.

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