Watch Hospital Surprise 12-Year-Old Cancer Patient with Flash Mob Dance on Her Last Day of Treatment
A 12-year-old cancer patient got quite the sendoff on her last day of treatment thanks to some kind-hearted medical staff.
A video shows Sophia Petikas dancing with staff from Willis-Knighton Cancer Center in Louisiana after they learned her favorite dance "The Nene" and surprised her.
One of the radiation team members, Daniel, had promised to learn the moves and others joined him for the surprise. They even wore Chuck Taylors in Sophia’s honor.
Sophia’s mom, Julia, told INSIDE EDITION: “They had practiced on their own time. Daniel led them in a practice and he learned the moves on YouTube.”
They also made her a chart marking the countdown until her final radiation treatment and put it up in her room.
Her mother continued: “The first day he noticed that [Sophia] was wearing Chuck Taylor shoes so he made her a sign that had an image of the tennis shoes."
The 12-year-old began receiving radiation treatment after tumors appeared on her spinal cord. She underwent proton therapy at the Willis-Knighton Proton Therapy Center - the first pediatric patient ever to do so.
Her mother explained that doctors didn't want to wait to give her the radiation because she needs to have a spinal fusion rod fitted, and the team will be unable to monitor her tumors if the metal is in there.
“They are hoping that this will kill all the tumors that were in there," she explained.
Once treatment was done, it was time for her big send off.
Watching the hospital staff break it down will certainly be a day she won’t forget.
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