Triad boy home for Christmas after year in and out of hospital due to brain stem cancer

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Ebony Aiken says her Christmas wish has come true.

“This year was actually a miracle, my son is still here,” Aiken said.

Her 12-year-old son Nasir is not only alive but finally back home after nearly a year of being in and out of the hospital.

“I’m not sleeping in chairs with my head at the foot of his bed because those are things we had to endure," Aiken said.

Since October, Nasir has had two brain surgeries and eight blood transfusions.

“He couldn’t stand up, he couldn’t talk, he couldn’t swallow,” she said. “He didn’t know who he was. He didn’t know who I was."

In January, Nasir was diagnosed with brain stem cancer.

Doctors gave him three months to live.

"They said I didn’t need a plan of care, I needed a plan of comfort,” Aiken said.

But after getting a second opinion from doctors at Duke University Medical Center, Nasir was placed on a new plan of chemo and radiation.

Most of his tumors are now gone.

“We’re not really living in science right now,” said the mother. “We’re living in faith, on a miracle."

With growing medical bills and having to take off from work, Aiken says this Christmas all she can give is her love.

“I can’t afford to buy not one gift,” she said. “I just can’t afford it.”

But even so, Nasir who still has a hard time speaking and walking, says he's just grateful to be back home.

“I feel excited,” the boy said.