© Reuters. Hayley Arceneaux, a doctor assistant at St. Jude Youngsters’s Analysis Hospital


By Arlene Eiras

(Reuters) – Bone most cancers survivor Hayley Arceneaux is thrilled to be going into area.

As a crew member on SpaceX’s Inspiration4, the world’s first all-commercial astronaut mission to Earth’s orbit, Arceneaux hopes that as the primary particular person to enter area with a prosthesis, she will encourage others.

“This mission is opening up area journey to anybody and I feel that in itself goes to encourage folks and provides them a lot hope,” mentioned the vivacious 29-year-old.

At 10, she was recognized with osteosarcoma, a sort of bone most cancers, and was handled at St. Jude Youngsters’s Analysis Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.

Arceneaux relates how she spent a troublesome but significant 12 months in hospital present process chemotherapy, after which surgical procedure that changed a part of her femur with a prosthesis.

She credit the hospital with saving her life, and now works there as a doctor’s assistant.

SpaceX, owned by Tesla (NASDAQ:) founder Elon Musk, is focusing on the four-person mission for the fourth quarter of 2021 and it’s anticipated to launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida. The flight might be captained by Jared Isaacman, CEO of funds know-how agency Shift4Payments, who selected Arceneaux.

Not like the NASA and SpaceX flights that go to the Worldwide House Station, this one will journey round earth for a number of days, throughout which era Arceneaux mentioned she expects to take part in science experiments.

Her prosthesis would usually preclude somebody from passing the astronaut’s rigorous medical examination, however no such requirement exists for the personal flight. Arceneaux mentioned she is just not scared and has been medically cleared for the journey.

Encouraging the youngsters on the St. Jude hospital was first on her thoughts when Arceneaux was requested what she may intention to attain in area.

“We’re going to attempt to arrange a video name with the St. Jude youngsters,” she mentioned. “I hope that having the ability to see me in area actually reveals them what their future can appear to be.

“I am the primary St. Jude affected person to go to area, the primary paediatric most cancers survivor, however I do know I am not going to be the final,” she added excitedly.

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