Naomi Short, a Hamilton 9-year-old with brain cancer, tests positive for COVID-19

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Posted at 9:50 PM, Jan 26, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-27 11:50:57-05

HAMILTON, Ohio — Naomi Short, a 9-year-old from Hamilton living with a rare form of brain cancer, tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday, according to her family.

In 2019, Naomi was diagnosed with Pineoblastoma, a series of tumors in her brain and spinal cord. According to her mother, Melissa Short, doctors estimate the survival rate for her type of brain cancer around 30%.

Her family said Naomi went for a scan Tuesday to check on her stage 4 cancer growth but couldn't get it because she tested positive for COVID-19.

"I'm just feeling terrible," Naomi said in a video posted on Twitter Tuesday night asking for prayers.

Through multiple surgeries and chemotherapy treatments, Naomi has pledged from the beginning that she plans on "kicking cancer's butt."

The Greater Cincinnati community has rallied behind young Naomi through fundraisers and business drives to support her treatment.

She hasn't let cancer stop her from doing marvelous things, either, including her one-day tenure as Butler County Sheriff's deputy, meeting a "unicorn" at Hamilton's Fire Station 26, and winning the hearts of local veterans and folks from around the country -- including wrestler-turned-movie star Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.

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