Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Devon Still said Friday that his daughter Leah hit a "pretty serious complication" with her stem cell transplant.
Still announced in March that 5-year-old Leah's cancer is in remission, but that she would have to continue treatment to ensure that cancer cells do not return. She underwent a stem cell transplant about two weeks ago.
Leah was diagnosed with Stage 4 neuroblastoma in June 2014 and was given a 50/50 chance to survive.
Still said the complication is called VOD and that doctors caught it early. VOD, or hepatic veno-occlusive disease, is a condition that causes some of the small veins in the liver to be obstructed. It results due to a high dose of chemotherapy given before a transplant.
I need some prayers sent up for Leah tonight! We hit a pretty serious complication from the stem cell transplant called VOD. They caught it early so hopefully it gives the doctors a better chance of stopping it from getting aggressive. As you can imagine our minds are all over the place but we're going to try and remain positive! #LeahStrong #WaitingForTheDayEverythingReturnsToNormal
Last season, Still took time away from the Bengals in the beginning of the year to take care of Leah. The team added him to the practice squad so that he could keep his health insurance and help pay for his daughter's treatments, and he eventually was added back to the roster.
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