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Survivor to be a doctor

Geraldine Panapasa
Saturday, December 07, 2013

SEVEN-year-old Elena Koroi wants to be a doctor when she grows up because she wants to help the sick.

But her reason for wanting to join the medical field goes beyond her compassion to make a difference.

She is a blood cancer survivor and knows all too well the pain and trauma associated with the illness.

On Monday earlier this week, she was one of many cancer patients and survivors who were hosted to a Christmas dinner and gift presentation by the MHCC management in collaboration with the Fiji Cancer Society in Suva.

Speaking to The Fiji Times from Namara in Tailevu on Tuesday, the Class Two student said she wanted to help "sick people get better".

Her father, Isimeli Koroi, said her initial diagnosis in 2011 marked the beginning of a difficult journey for their family of five.

Watching his child suffer and sacrificing a lot to see her through a speedy recovery, Mr Koroi said they had God and the support from their family, friends and society to thank for her improved health.

"It was a difficult time for our family. We fasted and prayed. After numerous treatments, we were told in June this year that there was no more cancer, we have God to thank," he said.