7-year-old fighting multiple health conditions brings smiles to millions on TikTok
A girl who has spent most of her life in the hospital inspires millions with her infectious spirit.
Isabella Thompson, 7, was born with Hirschsprung's disease, severe combined immunodeficiency, and some form of dwarfism. Bella has had 21 surgeries, including a bone marrow transplant, and is on the waiting list for a bowel transplant.
"She definitely showed me that she was very resilient on her own," Bella's mother Kyla Thompson of Swift Current, Canada, told Good Morning America.
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"I want to show the positives because she's going through so many medical difficulties and bouncing back," she added.
Thompson, also mother of 2-year-old Waylon, said Bella visits Cypress Regional Hospital in Swift Current monthly for IV therapy for her SCID.
PHOTO: Mom Kyla Thompson of Swift Current, Canada, posted a 7-year-old daughter Isabella Thompson's trip on TikTok because Isabella has three health problems. (Kyla Thompson)
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During her treatments, Thompson documents and shares Bella's journey on Instagram and TikTok, where millions have responded to her radiant personality.
"It just knocks people out," said Thompson. "I realized that she is just happy and bubbly and sociable no matter how many surgeries she does ... she is so well spoken and will talk to you like your best friend as soon as she meets you."
On January 29th, Thompson posted a video on TikTok in which Bella danced to a song from the popular children's film "Trolls". The footage has been viewed 4 million times and Thompson said she received many warm messages and good wishes for Bella.
“A lot of adults say, 'When I have a bad day, I'm stressed' or 'I'm going through a similar medical scenario and Bella makes me happy," Thompson said. "It's exactly what I was hoping for - people to give a feeling of hope. "
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Dr. Billie Au is a clinical geneticist at Alberta Children's Hospital who worked with Bella.
Au told "GMA" that Bella with the three conditions is rare, although they all stem from the same genetic cause.
PHOTO: Isabella [Bella] Thompson, 7, was born in Canada with Hirschsprung Disease, severe combined immunodeficiency, and dwarfism. She has had 21 operations, including a bone marrow transplant, and is on the waiting list for a bowel transplant. (Kyla Thompson)
"She is a very smart child cognitively," said Au. "She goes to school. None of this affects her brain. I've always been impressed by how happy and adjusted Isabella and her family are ... despite everything she's been through."
Bella is in second grade and is studying remotely. She enjoys singing, dancing, playing Legos, hiking, playing in the snow, and reading comments from her followers.
The 7-year-old who battles multiple health conditions makes millions smile on TikTok
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