NOT many children celebrate their birthdays in a hospital bed but Akuila Kadawa had to.
The young Kadavu lad was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia last year and celebrated his ninth birthday in bed at the CWM Hospital in Suva.
Akuila was not feeling well on Monday and this prompted doctors to advise against taking pictures of the young boy on the eve of his birthday.
This newspaper had earlier highlighted Akuila's plight a few days ago.
His mother Loame Lewenibure said in a phone interview with this newspaper on Monday she was hoping her only child would recover from the deadly sickness.
"I have seen some progress ever since he was admitted on December 28 last year," she said.
"Tomorrow (today) is his ninth birthday and we will be celebrating his birthday here in the hospital.
"It hurts me as well as my husband to see our son suffer like this."
Ms Lewenibure and her husband Samisoni are grateful for assistance from the public in the form of blood donations, in particular B+ blood type which Akuila urgently needs.
"Akuila's hospital room is now like our second home and we hope and pray God will give our son good health," she said.
"We're still in the treatment phase according to the reports the doctors are giving us.
"God has been good to us by giving him life to witness the new year, and we are just counting our lucky stars every day our son wakes up to greet a new day."
Ms Lewenibure said the best birthday gift any one could give their son was blood.