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"They immediately sent us over to get an ultrasound," says father Joe Biggert.
That ultrasound revealed a 3lbs. tumor on Elliot's left side.
"She was like there's a 14 centimeter mass on the kidney and a small mass on the other side," says father Joe Biggert.
Further scans revealed a more troubling tumor on Elliot's lung called BB. They caught the lung tumor early and it wasn't malignant, but doctors told the Biggerts, had it gone undetected, the cancer could have changed quickly and spread to Elliot's brain. Mom Ashley shudders when she recalls she almost canceled the appointment.
"Because I was supposed to go out of town," says mom Ashley Biggert. "I was gonna wait a whole month and that tumor could have, both tumors could have grown bigger and who knows what could have happened."
Elliot's tumors are linked to a rare genetic mutation called Dicer 1, but unlike the 350 other children with it being tracked by the National Institutes of Health, only Elliot has had a recurrence of the cysts. He lost one kidney and part of the other in the first round of surgeries at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital. Now he and his parents are bracing for another kidney surgery.
"His function would be compared to about stage 3 renal disease right now," says father Joe Biggert. "He may be at stage 4 renal disease. You don't get a transplant until stage 5."
The Biggerts are hoping for the best, hoping Elliot will be able to put off a transplant until he's older. On this point they're bullish: that well doctor visit saved their son's life and gave them a fighting chance to meet his health challenges head on. Elliot's next kidney surgery is scheduled for January. Doctors are checking his lungs every few months. So far there are no signs of cancer.
Monday, December 24 2012, 09:58 PM CST
Man pleads guilty to Memphis officer's murder
May 21, 2013 22:22 GMT
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- A former death row inmate is set to be released from prison after he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder of a Memphis police officer.
Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich said Tuesday that she has accepted Timothy McKinney's guilty plea.
McKinney was convicted of first-degree murder for the fatal shooting of Officer Don Williams. The officer was killed outside a comedy club in December 1997.
McKinney appealed and won a new trial, which ended with a deadlocked jury. A third trial earlier this year also ended in a hung jury.
The Commercial Appeal reports that McKinney was sentenced to 15 years in prison. Since he's already served more than 15 years -- including 11 on death row -- McKinney will be released this week.
Williams' family opposed the settlement.
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