The lovely and bright six-year-old Jamela Anthony borrowed reporter Lisa Schencker's iPhone and small tripod and was busy filming herself when I arrived to photograph her at home in Chicago. Jamela has undergone extensive treatment for an aggressive tumor on her spinal cord that is now in remission as of June 21. Jamela danced, jumped rope and took her mother's phone to flip through photos as she kept Lisa's phone on record. She pouted a little when I asked her to sit next to her mother on the couch for an interview. She wanted to set up my tripod and be behind the camera.
Jamela's family has relied on Medicaid to cover the extensive costs of 52 weeks of chemotherapy and six weeks of radiation required to treat her cancer. She spent most of the year as a five-year-old in the hospital and missed school while her mother, Tangela Watson, missed work to care for her daughter. Watson worries about how the Medicaid program might change if the Senate's Obamacare replacement bill becomes law.
Click hear to watch a video of Jamela, including video clips she created on Lisa's phone, and read more about how potential cuts to Medicaid can affect children in Lisa's story: