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Family Has Early Christmas for Teen Before Risky Brain Surgery: 'It Was Bittersweet'


Christmas came early for one teen whose family said she may not be around to celebrate the holiday because of an upcoming cancer surgery that's extremely risky.

Cheyenne Hughes, 15, suffers from a rare genetic condition that has left a tumor on her brain, and doctors want to operate as early as possible, December 7.

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Cheyenne’s stepmom, Amy Hughes, said Cheyenne was worried she may not be able to experience the holiday, so they wanted to do something special for her.

“She was nervous that she may not make it through the surgery or could be paralyzed or on ventilator,” Amy told InsideEdition.com. “She was afraid that she wouldn’t be able to participate or be alive for Christmas and we didn’t want her to worry about that.”

So her parents, stepmom, and three sisters made Cheyenne a Christmas of her own Saturday.

“The kids all wrapped presents and filled her stocking. We let the kids pick out a 4-foot tree to put in their rooms so the Christmas presents for Cheyenne were under her tree in her room,” said Amy.

They woke Cheyenne up on that special day.

“She was really excited, super happy. She got several things that she was excited about, a radio-controlled ninja turtle and a blue tooth ninja turtle speaker because she loves music,” Amy said.

Cheyenne’s tumor is life-threatening and the best option the family has is to operate. They are now hoping for a Christmas miracle.

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In the meantime, they are grateful for the opportunity to celebrate the holiday with her.

“It was bittersweet. It was great and we love seeing her happy and able to participate, but it was really sad because she might not be here for Christmas. We are hoping and praying for the best,” she said.

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