'Valiant Vito,' known for fight against brain cancer, back in hospital


The Minnesota toddler whose courageous fight against brain cancer earned him a superhero's nickname is back in the hospital, and his family is praying for a miracle.

2-year-old Victor Skaro, better known as "Valiant Vito," made headlines in March when he finally went home after spending months in the hospital – and enduring surgery to remove a medulloblastoma, a malignant brain tumor.

But in the past month, Vito has suffered a series of medical setbacks.

Things took a turn for the worse last week when, according to KARE 11, he was being prepared for a stem cell transplant surgery and was struck by a sudden brain hemorrhage. He has been comatose since.


"Vito isn't waking up. And I feel like I'm dying," a Facebook post from his parents said.

According to a Monday night update, Vito's scans are better but Vito "clinically" is not.

The situation "leads us all to believe the Vito we know and love is no longer here but just his body," they added.

"We pray eternally for a miracle," his parents wrote. "We pray for our Amazing Grace to make this decision of when it's time to let our Vito go."

Last year, the boy became known for his "superhero" persona and was a viral sensation after appearing on Facebook (and news reports) in Superman capes and similar outfits during his treatment at Children’s Hospital of Minnesota.

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