PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania-A healing kiss? Two months after Pope Francis blessed their baby girl during his visit to Philadelphia, a set of parents are claiming their baby ‘s health is improving.
According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Joe and Kristen Masciantonio, have spent a lot time in the cancer ward at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia after their daughter Gianna was diagnosed with a rare inoperable brain tumor and given just weeks to live.
According to doctors, the tumor formed after her blood cells attacked her brain stem weeks after she was born.
Her family showed up for the Papal parade in front of Independence Hall back in September hoping for a miracle, that is when Gianna got a kiss from the Pope.
Since then, her health has shown signs of improvement. According to Gianna’s dad, scans showed the tumor in 1-year-old Gianna’s brain shrank significantly after rounds and rounds of chemotherapy, to the point where it’s “basically gone.”
Her parents, Joe and Kristen, credit the healing power of the Pope’s kiss.
Gianna’s mom said, “She’s getting better and stronger. She’s blowing kisses. She’s started to point, started pointing at things.”
“I don’t even know how to describe that feeling,” Joe told the Inquirer. “The miracle is all the people who prayed. The pope is just the messenger that God heard.”
Gianna was named for St. Gianna, a modern day Saint who died in 1962.