CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The family of 4-year-old Brandon Lough is praying for a miracle this Christmas season.
"In my heart, I feel Brandon is going to make it," said his grandmother, Barbara Vance of Charleston. "I just feel Brandon somehow will make it."
A couple of months ago, Brandon was a healthy child full of energy and kindness, she said. Then he began to lose weight and complain of headaches.
"He would just lay on the couch, hold the back of his head and cry," Vance said.
His parents, Christopher Aaron Lough and Stacy Light of St. Albans, took him to area hospitals several times before tests revealed a tumor in the back of his head the size of a baseball, Vance said.
She said her grandson underwent brain surgery at Charleston Area Medical Center's General Hospital on Dec. 3. Tests have since revealed cancer in his spine, she said.
On Dec. 14, he was transported to Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus for further treatment and plans call for beginning chemotherapy when he is strong enough, she said.
"This is really a fast growing cancer," she said. "All of this is new to me."
She said it is ironic that 35 years ago she had surgery due to a blood clot on her brain that stemmed from a blood disorder.