A Victoria baby who was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of leukemia last Christmas has returned home in full remission.
Molly Campbell was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a cancer of the white blood cells, on Christmas Eve in 2010 — when she was just one month old.
The baby was airlifted from Victoria to BC Children's Hospital in Vancouver, where she has lived for the past 10 months undergoing chemotherapy, a bone marrow transplant and a heart operation.
But the baby returned home with her family — including four siblings — for the first time since her treatment began on Thanksgiving weekend, in full remission.
Her father David Campbell calls his daughter a miracle baby.
"It's amazing because she's happy, she's even happy in the hospital getting treatments and stuff," he said.
"You would never know she had leukemia. She's one of these babies that make you want to have more babies. It's dangerous to be around, especially for me — I think I'm good with five."
Campbell said the family is so grateful to have baby Molly back.
"We just kind of closed the blinds and hunkered in, and my wife made a little turkey and we all just went around and said what we were thankful for," he said.
"It's fantastic, it's so nice to be home. We're just so thankful for everyone back here [in Victoria] supporting us and helping us and now we'll get back and get a chance to say thank you in person. It's nice."
Campbell said the family will continue to travel to Vancouver at least twice a month for monitoring. He said they won't know if she is completely recovered for another year.