Family copes after toddler and newborn both become patients at Riley Children's Health



Benson pic

When you walk by Nova Benson’s room on the Riley Children’s Health cancer floor, you may notice something unique.

Her one-month-old sister’s bassinet is set up right between Nova’s bed and the pull-out couch where mom, Carla, sleeps.

At one point, both girls were Riley patients. Nova is receiving treatment for leukemia. Octavia was LifeLined to Riley soon after her birth.

Octavia required a stay in the Riley NICU. Carla and her husband spent time going between the NICU and the cancer unit to visit both their daughters.

Now, Carla and baby Octavia can often be seen hanging out in the playroom with big sister Nova.

Nova is going through chemotherapy. The plan is for her to receive a stem cell transplant next year.