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Surviving and Thriving: Ben Irish

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At three years old, Ben Irish began having trouble breathing. His pediatrician thought it was asthma, but after a few weeks of treatment, Ben's condition continued to worsen. After Ben underwent an X-ray test, doctors found an abnormal mass in his chest. That discovery is what brought him to Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children. Doctors had diagnosed Ben with T-cell lymphoma. For the next two years, Ben and his family spent much of their time in the hospital. While birthdays and holidays passed, they never stopped fighting, never stopped living and never stopped appreciating the endless efforts of doctors, nurses and staff at Arnold Palmer Hospital. Then, in a strange twist of fate, Ben's cancer battle led his doctors to a frightening, but life-saving, discovery. Doctors found that Ben had an aberrant artery near his heart, a deadly condition that typically does not present any symptoms or warning. As ironic as it was, Ben's cancer had saved his life. However, doctors were unable to treat Ben's condition until his cancer was in remission and his heart was closer to adult size. So, while he fought one life-threatening battle, he always knew another was still to come. But Ben refused to stop fighting. He was determined to not only survive, but thrive.