Alisi battles kidney cancer

4 year old cancer patient Alisi Ravouvou with her mother Alinda Verevinaka at the Digicel Fiji HQ in Suva yesterday. Picture: JOVESA NAISUA

“EVERY day when I see her I cry.”

These are the words of Alinda Verevinaka when doctors at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital told her that her daughter Alisi Ravouvou, 4, has Wilms’ tumour, a cancer of the kidney that typically occurs in children.

Alisi, the youngest in her family, was diagnosed with the cancer in November 2017; she underwent treatment and chemotherapy in the hope to eradicate the disease.

“Before the treatments and operations started she was a bubbly girl filled with energy, but then she got so quiet and sickly during her treatment,” she said.

Ms Verevinaka said after her daughter’s surgery, she was again told that the tumour was still there and that her daughter needed to undergo radiation treatment in New Zealand.

She said the Walk On Walk Strong (WOWS) Kids Fiji foundation made it all easier for her and her family to cope with the situation.

“We’re thankful for WOWS. They’ve been like angels sent from heaven, they provided weekly living allowance for Alisi and recharge cards, transport was available to us all throughout our treatment and theye also arranged visas for us to do radiation treatment in New Zealand,” she said.

After her radiation treatment, Alisi was announced 99 per cent free of cancer.

She will be able to attend school again after missing out a lot because of her sickness and the treatments she had to undergo.

“I just thank the Lord that Alisi is 99 per cent cancer free, I am very happy and mostly thanks to our ‘angels’ the WOWS Kids Fiji, they’ve done everything for us,” she added.

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