A 4-year-old child name Leah who is suffering from severe congenital neutropenia is going viral today because of her inspiring video.
But first, what is severe congenital neutropenia?
According to Genetics Home Service, severe congenital neutropenia is a condition that causes affected individuals to be prone to recurrent infections. People with this condition have a shortage (deficiency) of neutrophils, a type of white blood cell that plays a role in inflammation and in fighting infection.
It leads to recurrent infections beginning in infancy, including infections of the sinuses, lungs, and liver. Affected individuals can also develop fevers and inflammation of the gums (gingivitis) and skin.
Four-year-old Leah Carroll has been lip-syncing her heart out to her favorite Gospel song called “Overcomer.” It is a bold choice for a little girl who has spent more time inside Oakland’s Benioff Children’s Hospital than she has outside.
Some of her closest playmates are the nurses treating her for severe congenital neutropenia. It is a rare blood disorder where bone marrow is unable to make normal white blood cells.
Leah has survived two bone marrow transplants and numerous side effects.
To distract Leah from boredom and sometimes, pain, her mother looked for songs on the Internet. That is how Leah became a fan of Gospel singer Mandisa. One video of Leah singing “Overcomer” transformed the pint-size patient into an Internet sensation with more than 37 million views.
Her little voice has inspired both the sick and healthy.
Doctors say Leah’s neutropenia is close to being cured, earning her the nickname “Leah the Overcomer.”