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Tiny fan dons Falcons hospital gown during cancer battle

Published:Friday | February 3, 2017 | 2:00 AM
Five-month-old Ella sits in a hospital bed at the Aflac Cancer Center of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta in Atlanta. The gown was made by her grandmother to wear during the NFL's NFC Championship game between the Atlanta Falcons and the Green Bay Packers.

ATLANTA (AP):

A pint-size Atlanta Falcons fan who is battling a rare form of cancer has won admirers of her own after a children's hospital posted a picture of her cheering on her favourite team from her hospital bed.

The 15-month-old girl, identified only as Ella, is shown on Children's Healthcare of Atlanta's Facebook page wearing a Falcons-themed hospital gown that her grandmother made for her.

Hospital spokeswoman Chrissie Gallentine says the girl was diagnosed with Langerhans cell histiocytosis when she was just seven months old and has been living at its cancer facility for the past two months.

Ella has another chance to cheer on the Falcons and wear her special gown on Sunday, when Atlanta meets New England in Super Bowl LI.