Richard Culliver to supporters: 'Thank you for praying for me' - wistv.com - Columbia, South Carolina

Richard Culliver to supporters: 'Thank you for praying for me'

Richard Culliver today. (Source: Facebook) Richard Culliver today. (Source: Facebook)
Richard's MRI comparison. January is on the right, September 10 is on the left. (Source: Facebook) Richard's MRI comparison. January is on the right, September 10 is on the left. (Source: Facebook)
Richard in December. Richard in December.
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

Some might say he called it.

A Midlands boy suffering from an inoperable condition called Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma predicted his cancerous tumor would be smaller a day before he and his mother headed to the hospital for an MRI. 

"Richard asked why he was getting an MRI," wrote Richard's mother Stephanie McMillan on Facebook Monday. "I told him it was so we could see what his boo boo was doing. His response: 'I already know what it's doing....it's healing.' Ahh. He melts my heart so much!"

Richard was right. Stephanie posted a couple of photos on Facebook Tuesday, one of which was the MRI showing the 8-year-old's brain tumor was considerably smaller than it was in January.

"GOD SHOWED UP AND SHOWED OUT!!!" wrote Stephanie. "Left is now, right is January!!!! His tumor is almost gone!!!!!!"

Stephanie says the tumor is smaller than it was when Richard was first diagnosed with DIPG in October 2012. 

"At the time [in October], they told me he had a tumor," said his mother in December. "At first they said it was a small one they could remove but then they transferred us and the next day they did a MRI which confirmed it was DIPG, which is inoperable."

Richard did get some treatment in 2012, but they decided to stop treatment and 'let God work.'

His medications have caused his face to swell. The tumor also causes kids to lose their vision and their hearing. It also takes away the ability to walk.

However, Richard's speech and hearing have improved in the past few months. The improvement has been so dramatic, that oncologist Dr. Ron Neuberg at Palmetto Health Children's Hospital wanted to take a look.

"The best thing, the best day of our lives happened yesterday. It was remarkable," said McMillan.

"I think he knew it was going to be better, he predicted it would be better," said Neuberg.

"Because I knew it would get better and they prayed for me at church," said Richard.

Neuberg says it could be a delayed result of radiation or maybe the experimental drug Richard used to take. Scientific possibilities, for a miraculous improvement.

"My pastor asked me if I ever see things that I'm sure couldn't have happened if it weren't for God, and I think his scan is one of those things," said Neuberg.

Richard has only one message to those who have lifted him up over the past year.

"Thank you for praying for me, and I love you all," said Richard.

The fight's not over. There are still abnormalities in Richard's brain that will need to be monitored.

According to dipgregistry.org, DIPG makes up 10-15 percent of all brain tumors in children, with about 100-150 new diagnoses per year in the United States.

After diagnosis, the survival time is on average 9 to 12 months, according to Reflections of Grace Foundation.

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