Football fans everywhere are sending thoughts and prayers to Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Devon Still and his 5-year-old daughter, Leah, after Still announced that his daughter had a "serious complication" in her battle against cancer and has asked that the world pray for his little girl.
In March, Devon Still announced that Leah was cancer-free. Unfortunately, the family has encountered a setback in her treatment.
According to CBS News, brave little Leah entered the hospital on May 5 to start the process of getting a stem cell transplant, which takes four-to-six weeks and involves high doses of chemotherapy.
Devon Still asks for prayers after daughter, Leah suffers setback in cancer treatment http://t.co/3lbZ3kJF5Z pic.twitter.com/y82CGtnlQEAccording to the Washington Post, Devon Still said Friday that his daughter was diagnosed with Hepatic veno-occlusive disease, or VOD, which is a complication that affects the liver. The condition can arise in patients who undergo stem-cell transplants, like Leah.
— Eyewitness News (@ABC7NY) May 30, 2015
Thanks again for coming by to see her RT @hodakotb: Sweet Leah @Dev_Still71 pic.twitter.com/MBd3XMkjPB
— Devon Still (@Dev_Still71) May 29, 2015
Devon Still says his daughter Leah "hit a serious complication" in her cancer recovery. http://t.co/ubwUDPF39u pic.twitter.com/1Ti0HR34THThe announcement from Devon Still came via Instagram, with an adorable selfie of himself and Leah.
— Sporting News (@sportingnews) May 30, 2015
"I need some prayers sent up for Leah tonight! We hit a pretty serious complication from the stem cell transplant called VOD. They caught it early so hopefully it gives the doctors a better chance of stopping it from getting aggressive. As you can imagine our minds are all over the place but we're going to try and remain positive! #LeahStrong #WaitingForTheDayEverythingReturnsToNormal"
Devon Still: 'We will take a clean bill of health over hair any day' #TrulyBrave http://t.co/cmYjhfE3Zb pic.twitter.com/yNzqLMn4ukAlthough it sounds grim, the prognosis is good if the condition is caught early on, according to Devon Still.
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) May 21, 2015
Leah was diagnosed with cancer a year ago. Doctors removed a tumor from her abdomen, and she started getting chemotherapy to kill cancer cells in her bone marrow.
Although Devon Still was released from the Bengals, the organization opted to keep him on the practice squad to support him, his daughter, and to provide insurance to help pay the cost of her treatment.
Devon Still gives update on Leah's stem cell transplant http://t.co/OdKVcGs5Sb #LeahStrong pic.twitter.com/isYFGSaqxrDevon Still has been allowed to miss organized offseason workouts in Cincinnati to be with her on the East Coast, where she is being treated.
— Local 12/WKRC-TV (@Local12) May 12, 2015
Little Leah is the darling of Cincinnati and has received a lot of love from celebrities, Devon Still's teammates, and her hometown.
Devon Still's daughter Leah scored a TD at Temple's spring game http://t.co/xCb09oLSJb pic.twitter.com/7fcl0t95poPrayers go out for little Leah and Devon Still.
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) April 26, 2015
[Image via Instagram/Devon Still]