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Baby Miley, who battled rare tumor, has died

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Many people in Middle Tennessee have been following the story of little Miley Buchanan. She was Springfield baby born with a rare tumor on her face.

Back in August, Channel 4 News reported about doctors' efforts to shrink the tumor with injections.

They considered surgery a last resort, but sadly Miley didn't make it.

Her family is obviously devastated, and on top of it, they still have a lot of bills from her surgery.

In fact, as it stands right now, they can't even afford a gravestone.

"She's with God now, and he takes the good ones first. So he wanted to hurry up and snatch her up, I guess," said Miley's father, Russell Bibee.

Little Miley died just 4 1/2 months into her life, and her parents are talking about her brave fight and their battle to find a cure.

Miley's condition is known as a lymphatic malformation.

"I don't know that there's been a case like Miley's, where the mass got bigger and bigger, and on an elevated level where you could see it growing by the day," Bibee said.

Miley's life may help doctors solve a medical mystery and save other children.

Before her funeral, doctors performed an autopsy that may reveal a cause and hopefully a cure.

"She had the most amazing smile and just the most beautiful eyes. I think I'll miss that the most," said Miley's mother, Chelsey Buchanan.

If you'd like to help the family, a fund has been set up at Regions Bank. Just ask to contribute to the Miley Buchanan Fund.

There is also a Facebook page for support and more information, just visit: http://www.facebook.com/MileyBuchananInfo.

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