Paisley Hatfield: Parents see 'miracle' when baby's tumor vanishes

Mass seen in scan but not found in biopsy

CINCINNATI -- Carissa and Matt Hatfield are chalking it up to a divine intervention.

Just two days ago, they though their daughter Paisley was going to die. Since she was born, the Hatfields noticed a little droop on the left side of her face.

"We noticed her eye -- when she would cry, her eye would not shut all the way," Carissa said "It would stay open, and when she started to smile, the same side of her mouth would not move."

A pediatrician suggested they get a scan. That's when they got the news no parent wants to hear: Doctors at Cincinnati Children's Hospital in Liberty Township found some kind of mass near the base of the Paisley's brain.

On Monday, Paisley was scheduled for a biopsy at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center in Avondale. The Hatfield said they had friends, family and people across the country praying for their daughter.

"As soon as he came in, he sat down, he was just shaking his head," Carissa said. "He said, 'Your prayers must have worked, because when I went in to get that biopsy,' he said, 'nothing was there.'"

A statement from the hospital Wednesday said:

"Doctors at Children's had expected the worst - a malignant tumor. But when surgeons reached the spot where the suspected tumor was visible on the scan, they found nothing. They couldn't have been happier to tell the good news to the Hatfield family."

Could it have been a problem with the scans? One of CCHMC's best radiologists was on the case.

"A man of God like I am, just looking for some explanation, but it's a true miracle, it's a true healing," dad Matt said.

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