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Someone 2 Know: Victoria Matthews

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Victoria Matthews is a junior at Reno's Academy of Arts, Careers and Technology. She says the school's medical program is the best. 

"I think so," she told us, "but I'm a little biased...just a tiny bit."

There is one thing that, sometimes, school can't teach: real world experience. 

"They said they would get the results back in 2-3 days," said Matthews. "A few hours later they called and said you have leukemia or aplastic anemia." 

As it turned out, it was leukemia. She was admitted November 30, 2015.  Matthews would spend several weeks at a children's hospital in Oakland.

"I felt like my life was pausing and I didn't want that to happen."

She underwent chemo therapy for nine months. This summer, Matthews ended therapy and was officially cancer free. 

"We think we're good now."

That was August, but this Tuesday, a large crowd gathered at Renown Regional Medical Center. Matthews wasn't expecting to hear this, "Victoria... Your wish has been granted!" 

"I didn't expect anything like that," she said. "That was insane." 

Make-A-Wish granted her dream of visiting Royal College in London to see rare medical artifacts.

"It's pretty cool." 

She and her family will go in March. However, far before she was diagnosed with leukemia herself, Matthews wanted to be a pediatric hematologist oncologist.

"I've always wanted to work with kids." said Matthews, and when she does, she'll offer a perspective to her patients like no other. "I know what you're going through, and actually mean it." 


Original Report: 

A 16-year-old Sparks girl is visiting the Royal College of Surgeons of England thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation and Renown Children's Hospital. 

Matthews, who is diagnosed with a rare type of leukemia, wants to become a pediatric hematologist oncologist and has always dreamed of visiting the Royal College to see the famous Two-Headed Boy of Bengal skull and other rare medical artifacts.

Matthews says she has been fascinated with medicine as long as she can remember and aspired to become a pediatric hematologist oncologist long before she was diagnosed herself. Why? Because, "I want to help kids, I want to make them feel better and heal."

Matthews has already won bronze and gold awards in competitions for future doctors and nurses and regularly shadows care providers at Renown Regional Medical Center.

Renown says after being diagnosed in late November 2015, Victoria is now done with treatment which has a 92% success rate.

(Renown Health contributed to this report.) 
 

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