Hamilton 10-year-old’s brain cancer-free

HAMILTON — At just 10 years old, Naomi Short has been through a lot: a rare form of brain cancer, COVID-19, and now rehab. Yet she continues with joy.

Short was diagnosed with stage four pineoblastoma in 2019 when doctors found a series of tumors in her brain and spinal cord. She faced cancer head on and looked at everything with a grateful heart.

“Guess what my nurse said? That I do better [in radiation] than most adults,” Short said in 2019.

The Hamilton resident’s personality shone with every step. Several operations later, Short’s brain is cancer-free. Doctors continue to monitor her spine, and her mother Melissa said they have seen no growth in previous tests.

Short will stay with Cincinnati Children’s for a month in hopes of recovering to walk again.

“One thing I’m so happy about is that I’m still here on this earth and able to be with my family — I’m having so much fun this year,” Short said. “I’m getting ready to go back to the hospital for rehab.”

Short’s next MRI is scheduled for December 1. Until then, her family said their focus is on celebrating the holidays.

“Happy Thanksgiving everyone,” Short said.

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