Parents say baby’s inoperable brain tumor shrunk after Pope’s kiss in Philadelphia

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PHILADELPHIA —   Her parents are calling it ‘The Miracle on Market.”

One-year-old Gianna Masciantonio has a rare, inoperable brain tumor.  But after a kiss from Pope Francis the little girl has made a quick recovery.

Gianna’s parents took her to the Palpal parade in front of Independence Hall, hoping for a glance of the Pontiff, but the little girl ended up with a kiss on her head.

Her parents credit that kiss for their daughter’s tumor suddenly shrinking.

They say the proof is in the scans.



In a scan taken in August the tumor is obvious, but by November it’s barely noticeable.

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

Her father Joey said, “Last year was about living in honor of her. Now we’re going to get to live with her.”

When she’s older Gianna’s parents say they plan to tell her about that special kiss, and what a difference it made.