PORTLAND, Ore. — 13-year-old Kylee Dixon underwent surgery to treat liver cancer on Tuesday and has been released from OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, according to the Oregon Department of Human Services.
“She was alert and excited,” said Christina Dixon, Kylee’s mother, after a hospital visit following the surgery. “We’re just praying and hoping for the best.”
Kylee has been in state foster care since June when her mother failed to follow a court order to bring her daughter for prescribed medical treatment.
Christina previously told KGW she believes alternative treatment should be used to treat her daughter’s rare form of liver cancer.
According to the DHS, Kylee is doing "very well" and was excited to participate in a bell-ringing ceremony at the hospital to signify she is now cancer free.
Christina is hoping to regain custody of her daughter, although she’s facing charges of custodial interference and criminal mistreatment.
"Ms. Dixon has been provided with regular updates on Kylee’s progress," said DHS spokesman Jake Sunderland.
“It’s a long road ahead and Kylee wants to come home,” said Christina. “Kylee is going to go through a serious recovery. The recovery here in the hospital alone can be a very long time.”