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Plea for help

Mere Naleba
Monday, January 20, 2014

LOAME Lewenibure's only wish is to give her son the good news that he will recover from the deadly sickness he suffers from.

With her son's ninth birthday just nine days away, Ms Lewenibure and her husband Saimoni are praying that they will be able to wish their only son a happy birthday with the good news of a speedy recovery.

Akuila Kadawa has been diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia.

After being airlifted from Kadavu on December 28 last year, Akuila is still recovering at the CWM Hospital in Suva, where doctors and nurses monitor his condition round-the-clock.

"I keep praying that my baby will get well and I will be able to celebrate his ninth birthday with him at our home in Kadavu," an emotional Ms Lewenibure said.

"All the doctors are telling us is that our son needs more blood. We have contacted all our relatives here in Suva and have asked them to come and donate blood."

Ms Lewenibure said her son was a healthy baby and was active until some months ago when he started getting sick frequently. She then noticed that the palm of his hands and the soles of his feet were pale.

"That was when I became worried and took him to the nursing station, when they told me to go to Vunisea and again at Vunisea when the doctors told me that we had to come to Suva, I knew straight away that my son's condition was critical," she said.

Akuila, a Class Three student of Nabukelevu District School on Kadavu, needs blood transfusion and in particular B+ blood type.

"Please save my son— our only son. The doctors told us that the sickness can be cured, and we have faith in our God," said Ms Lewenibure.

Consultant and doctor in-charge of oncology at the Paediatrics Intensive Care Unit, Dr Khalid Mahmood said Akuila will frequently need blood transfusion as he is bleeding intensively.

"We are now entering treatment phase for the patient, and we will need as much blood as we can get for this patient," Dr Khalid said.

"The cancer cells causing AML starts in the bone marrow and develops rapidly. Even if you don't have B positive, you can still come in to donate blood and help save a life."

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