Devon Still says daughter Leah hit a 'pretty serious complication'

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Devon Still says daughter Leah hit a 'pretty serious complication'
Saturday May 30th, 2015

Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Devon Still said in an Instagram post 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. 

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. 

- Molly Geary

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