Grandpa, Mom And Baby Battle Life-threatening Illnesses Together

A household in Illinois took a success in August 2016 when grandfather Jim Madros realized his mind most cancers had returned after 10 years. Months later, his daughter Lucy Eliopulos, who had simply given beginning to her third youngster, George, obtained a mind most cancers prognosis of her personal. Simply weeks after that, a 3rd blow got here when George was recognized with a lethal respiratory an infection at simply 2 months outdated, ABC Information reported.

“I feel that when you’ve got a toddler that’s sick it will possibly pull lots of households aside,” Dr. Astha Sharma, George’s physician within the pediatric intensive care unit at Loyola College Medical Heart in Maywood, Illinois, instructed ABC Information. “This sickness, together with the sickness Lucy, George’s mother, had, it really drew them collectively. Their spirit could be very inspiring to the core. It doesn’t matter what occurred to George, they all the time remained constructive.”


Mandros, who’s being handled by the identical oncologist, radiologist and neurosurgeon as 37-year-old Eliopulos, determined to forego surgical procedure and is present process a number of rounds of chemotherapy, ABC Information reported. Eliopulos underwent surgical procedure to take away her tumor and is now present process upkeep chemotherapy, ABC Information reported. She had skilled double imaginative and prescient throughout her being pregnant and, a day after giving beginning to George, obtained an MRI, which detected the most cancers. 

In the meantime, George ended up being admitted to the identical hospital as his mom after medical doctors recognized him with acute respiratory misery syndrome (ARDS). He was on a ventilator throughout his go to and practically died thrice, however now, he has recovered and is house along with his household, ABC Information reported.

“[ARDS], it’s an an infection that may have an effect on each youngsters and adults, and it’s an amazing an infection of the lungs the place the lungs fill with fluid,” Sharma instructed ABC Information. “The lungs turn into infected, and the irritation doesn’t enable the lungs to ship oxygen to the physique.”


Mandros, who’s anticipating grandchild quantity 20, instructed ABC Information that he’s drawn energy from the braveness his daughter has proven all through the household’s battles.

“I don’t know the place she’s getting the energy from,” he instructed ABC Information. “She’s been a rockstar, I let you know. [I] cry nonetheless, however she stays robust. Lucy’s tumor is far worse than mine. I want I might take her tumor and put it in my head.”

Eliopulos instructed ABC Information that having George hospitalized was the toughest a part of the previous few months, however that she is wanting ahead to shifting previous the twin most cancers diagnoses.

“These final 5 months, we haven’t been in a position to be a household. … I’m hoping we transfer on from this and simply reside,” she instructed ABC Information. 

Buddies and family members held fundraisers and arrange a GoFundMe web page to assist cowl medical bills and hold supporters knowledgeable.