This story is about a miracle, but let’s talk about the miracle worker. Dr. Jeffrey W. Taub is the hero of this story of twin girls, Madeline and Isabella Dunn, and their parents facing a devastating revelation. They had just learned that the girls were born with a rare form of cancer called neuroblastoma, and were referred to the Children’s Hospital of Michigan at the Detroit Medical Center. Dr. Taub would be in charge of the girls’ treatment.
Although he has treated hundreds of children in his career, the young age of the girls and the rarity of two siblings developing this rare disease simultaneously presented some unusual challenges. There were big concerns the girls wouldn’t even survive the treatment. Cancer treatment is no picnic. While great progress has been made, it’s still a tough experience.
Dr. Taub would know. He was treated for Hodgkin’s Lymphoma as a teenager at the very same hospital at which he now worked. This personal experience led him to a life of medicine, specializing in helping children recover from cancer, just as doctors had done for him.
The bond he formed with those twins though was a unique one. After their treatment, he even celebrated their first birthday at the Dunns’ house. He pays them a visit each year for a checkup, and keeps a picture of the girls in his office as a memory of one of the most unique and challenging cases of his career. And thankfully for everyone, it was also one of the happiest endings imaginable.