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Jasmine Montes

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Jasmine Montes

In April 2010, eight year old Jasmine Montes came home from a day of swimming at her grandmother's pool and told her mom her feet were cold. It seemed like a normal side effect after a day in the pool. Jasmine went to bed seemingly healthy but awoke in the middle of the night in pain. Rushed to the hospital, she and her parents learned Jasmine had a cancerous tumor the size of a football in her chest cavity that was pressing against her aorta, cutting off the blood flow to her legs.

The lack of blood flow necessitated the amputation of both legs above the knees. An intensive chemo regimen was started and Jasmine was hospitalized for nearly five months. Her medical team speculated Jasmine may have had the tumor at birth and it just grew with her as she aged and developed. The chemo shrunk the tumor just enough for a critical surgical removal.

More than a year later, Jasmine is cancer-free, her hair is starting to grow back and she is walking on her first set of preliminary prostheses!

When presented with the possibility of the trip of a lifetime to Disney World, Jasmine declined and said she would rather meet Winter the Dolphin! She was introduced to Winter's story in January at a prosthetic fitting appointment and hasn't stopped dreaming about a trip to meet the inspirational dolphin. When asked what she loves about Winter, Jasmine said, "She went through the same thing as me."

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