On a recent afternoon, Rosemary Romo sat in her living room in Burbank working diligently on an illustration of a smiling cat and a pair of juicy strawberries.
It was an ordinary activity for a 7-year-old, except for the fact that just three 1/2 months earlier, the Jefferson Elementary School first-grade student was in the intensive care unit at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, her basic motor skills decimated by an inoperable brain tumor. It required weeks of intensive therapy for Rosemary to regain her ability to even pick up a Crayola marker.
“She has learned how to write [and] to read again, how to speak again, how to walk,” said her mother, Jackie Garcia. “That took six to seven weeks for her to come back to what she is doing now.”
Rosemary’s prognosis is good. While the tumor is too close to a nerve that affects eyesight to operate on, weekly out-patient chemotherapy treatments have shrunk it. Doctors and therapists hope to have her back in class at Jefferson Elementary sometime in May.