Parents say baby’s tumor shrunk after kiss on head from Pope

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PHILADELPHIA — A couple in Philadelphia says their family experienced a miracle after Pope Francis’ visit in September.

One-year-old Gianna Masciantonio has a rare, inoperable brain tumor. Her blood cells attacked her brain stem weeks after birth.

The Masciantonio clan showed up from the Papal parade, expecting maybe a quick glance – but they got much more than that.

Gianna was carried over to the popemobile and Pope Francis gave her a kiss on the head.

Her parents say that after that kiss, her brain tumor shrunk.

A scan from August shows a visible tumor but it’s difficult to detect the tumor in the scan from late November.

“She’s getting better and stronger. She’s blowing kisses. She’s started to point, started pointing at things,” Gianna’s mother said.

Gianna’s parents insist her future is a bright one.

They say they can’t wait to sit down one day to show and tell her what a difference one kiss can make.

Gianna’s family says she spent the first eight months of her life in hospice care.