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NE campus student back in school after major tumor removed

Pre-K4 student Maiya Jones was featured on a Channel 13 newscast Monday in a story that urges parents to seek a second medical opinion after their children complain of pain.

It was discovered that Maiya, 5, had a tumor the size of a grapefruit that was pushing against her aorta after her primary doctor found nothing, despite repeated complaints from Maiya that her chest was hurting since late October.

“It was quite intimidating,” said Maiya’s father, Cedrick Jones.

While being hooked to an IV before her surgery, Maiya cried out for Northeast Campus Director Yolonda Brown and Northeast Campus assistant director Dwain Wiley.

“That’s a real testament to how secure they make her feel,” Mr. Jones said.

The delicate procedure in March was successful and Maiya returned to school on April 23. The surgery required four small incisions to break the tumor into pieces before being extracted.

"It was truly remarkable," Mr. Jones said. "If some people don't believe in God, they should." Fortunately, there were no signs of cancer.

Photo: Maiya Jones (right) enjoys recess after surgery to remove tumor the size of a grapefruit.

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