Teo was a sophomore in high school when he began experiencing severe nosebleeds, random bouts of exhaustion and easy bruising. His pediatrician did a blood test and knew Teo’s family needed to bring him to Children’s Mercy.
When he arrived at Children’s Mercy, his care team knew right away he was very sick. He was diagnosed with acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL) and started treatment immediately.
“Two doctors came in, checked me everywhere, sat me and my parents down and told me I had leukemia,” Teo said. “My initial reaction was shock. I froze and my entire world stopped. I looked over at my parents, and it was a moment of silence. But then I said, alright, I’m going to have to go through this.”
Our expert oncology team wasted no time. Teo began therapy that very night and was enrolled in a clinical trial for what may become the new standard for treatment – therapy that takes months instead of years, is less intense for the patient and has better outcomes. The medication targeted leukemia cells instead of the traditional treatment plan.
The trial proved successful and Teo is now thriving in school and only comes in for checkups and bloodwork every three months. He has been accepted at Kansas State University where he plans to major in anthropology.
“It’s a great feeling, knowing I can look forward to tomorrow, the next day and the next year,” Teo said. “I have been given a second chance at life. I want to be able to do something that I love, that can make other people appreciate the world and the people in it and that can create a more sustainable future.”
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