Stephanie Lipscomb was only 20 and working as a nursing student when she began to have terrible headaches. She didn’t know she was about to be hit some horrible news. She didn’t even know how to process the news when the doctors told her — she had a brain tumor the size of a baseball.
They tried an accelerated course of radiation and chemotherapy and it worked to remove all but 2 percent of the tumor. It seemed to be working until they realized it was not enough.
The cancer came back. She had few options left. One option was very experimental. It had never been performed on a human. The Doctors wanted to inject her brain with polio. Believe it or not, that appeared to be the best option.
Dr. Henry Friedman was quoted as saying, “In point of fact, we didn’t know what the polio was gonna do. We thought the polio virus might help her. We had no idea what it would do in the long haul. It was a crap shoot. It’s roll the dice and hope that you’re gonna get an answer that is coming up sevens and not coming up snake eyes.”
Fortunately, the treatment worked! The polio actually killed the cancer. It was a miracle!