DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – It was amazing when Elysian Fields High School crowned blonde-haired, blue-eyed Randi Allen as their Homecoming Queen.
“Just the fact that so many people would come up to me and say, ‘Randi I voted for you,’” Allen said.
It was amazing that only 10 days before her coronation, Allen was in the hospital with her head covered in bandages.
Surgeons at Medical City Children’s Craniofacial Center removed a golf ball sized tumor from her eye socket in October.
Dr. Craig Hobar remembers telling her they’d have to operate through her skull and reconstruct her face.
“She just bravely sat there. Little tear rolled down her eye and she just took everything with a great spirit and attitude,” Hobar said.
Randi has a rare, genetic, condition that causes tumors. It’s called Familial Adenomatous Polyposis or FAP.
She had a smaller tumor removed from the same spot in her eye socket 10 months before her surgery in October.
She was afraid the tumor was back.
“It feels like a little pea by the inside of my nose,” Randi said.
Teresa Cathey, her mother, said, “She can feel the knot.” Allen has had 20 surgeries so far. And she’s only 17.
Hobar entered the room with a big “Hello.” He had good news this day.
“I saw the CT Scan and it looks great. The tumor’s not coming back. It’s not growing,” he said.
Allen looked surprised.
“I was so sure it was a tumor. But, it’s not. So, it’s wonderful,” she said.
Dr. Hobar thought she had only felt the bone graft or mesh they used to reconstruct her eye socket.
“I felt relieved,” her mother said.
What turned into a trip to the doctor morphed into a shopping trip in Dallas.
Her doctor’s prescription for her was simply to have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Randi, who’s a senior at Elysian Fields high school, has managed to keep a 3.89 grade point average.
She’s already decided what she wants to do once she graduates: She wants to become a nurse and was just accepted into nursing school at Stephen F. Austin.