Leukaemia survivors fight on while they await life-saving bone marrow
It is important more than ever to raise awareness of the suffering of patients and importance of donations
When Ebrahim Kriel, 6, started feeling pain in his legs earlier this year, his father, Aabied, thought it was exhaustion.
“I assumed it was connected to him just being a very active child. But that night, before he was taken to see the doctor, Ebrahim couldn’t stand on his own feet and he developed a high fever. That’s when I knew he wasn’t well at all,” he recalled this week.
A few weeks later, after several tests, little Ebrahim from Mitchells Plain in Cape Town was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia (AML), news that his father confesses left him distressed and fearful. This form of leukaemia is characterised by excess immature white blood cells in the bone marrow. Ebrahim had to start chemotherapy at Red Cross Children’s Hospital, where he has spent most of his time since his diagnosis in April...