Carla Jannotti was an incredible 12 year old girl, who had been battling a cancerous brain tumor and many complications for more than a year.
In January of 2009, they found that it was a cancerous brain tumor that was the cause of her problems; requiring immediate emergency surgery. Many complications had been thrown at Carla in her road to recovery; from meningitis to a coma, seizures and more.
This little girl still had the drive of a champion and a true competitor. She was quick with a smile, never complains and maintained an incredible positive attitude. Carla’s competitive spirit drove her with learning to walk and talk all over again.
She received chemotherapy for more than a year. May 11th, 2010 was her last treatment and BASE CAMP and the Children Cancer Foundation both local children cancer charity came to help us celebrate at the hospital that day! It was wonderful.
After a total of 14 surgeries and over a year of chemo therapy and radiation treatments had succeeded to tell her she was “cancer free” at that time. After many setbacks and complications, she was trying to walk and talk again. It had been a long year and a half in this battle, so far she was winning! Her unbelievable stamina, drive and positive attitude had gotten her this far.
On February 11, 2011 she was hospitalized for yet another surgery to repair her shunt. The following day while recovering from surgery she came down with the flu. It wiped out her already weak immune system and she lapsed into a coma. She passed away on Sunday, March 13, 2011 surrounded by her close friends and loving family members.