It was only three months ago that Villegas and his wife Maria noticed that something was wrong with their 22-month-old daughter, Mia.
Camilo Villegas lost his 22-month-old daughter after she underwent treatment for cancer in the brain and spine. According to PEOPLE, PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan issued a statement about the golfer's loss, confirming that Villegas' daughter Mia died on Sunday in Miami. "The PGA Tour is deeply saddened having lost a member of our family, Mia Villegas," said Monahan. "We grieve with Camilo and Maria and our thoughts and prayers are with the Villegas family." It was only last month that Villegas revealed his only daughter Mia, whom he shares with wife Maria, had tumors on her brain and spine. He also added that she would be undergoing a second round of chemotherapy.
The four-time PGA winner announced during a press conference on June 10 that his daughter was diagnosed with cancer. Villegas, 38, was visibly in tears on Wednesday as he addressed reporters ahead of the Korn Ferry Tour Challenge at Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. That's when he revealed that it was only three months ago, during the Honda Classic golf tournament, that he and his wife, Maria, first noticed something was wrong with their daughter, Mia. "She was always a little monkey around the gym, climbing on everything. But then one day, I noticed she had not been climbing on anything. She had also been crying a little more than normal at night."
Villegas said that he'd noticed Mia was crying a lot more frequently, especially at night and during her playtime, but he assumed it was because she was teething. "She had been teething, so we took her to the pediatrician, thinking it was that," he said, according to Golfweek. But, with time, he had this sinking feeling in his heart that it might be something more serious than just teething."I don’t know why, I just kind of got a bad feeling," he said. "I’ll admit, bad feelings crossed my mind," he added, as noted by PGAtour.com. "I had heard bad stories here and there. So, I told my wife about [those] concerns. She told me not to think like that."
In March, Mia was taken to the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami. Sadly, her scans revealed cancerous tumors on both her brain and spine. Though the little one underwent surgery to remove the masses, doctors informed Villegas and his wife Maria that Mia would have to undergo more surgeries. "After the surgery, when it was time to remove the stitches, they learned the growth had become pretty aggressive," Villegas said. "We were told we needed to start treatment right away, so they kept us there." Mia had to undergo several rounds of chemotherapy, but Villegas said that she remained "really tough."
"It's not easy, but I have actually seen Mía playing while she's crying," he said. “She does want to play. She’s a kid. She’s young and naïve, but she’s also really tough. We just don’t know. The doctors explained that sometimes the tumors grow fast and disappear fast.” After announcing the devastating news last month, Villegas asked for good energy from his fans. “My wife has been very, very strong,” Villegas said. “But, at the same time, I’ve also known that there is no option other than to be strong — you can either be strong or you can give up. … I do not want anyone to feel sad for the Villegas family. This is our reality and all I want is to receive the good energy.”