Mum shaves hair for son

HAVING to look after a child who suffers from idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) can be a challenge but for Losalini Tamanitokula, she believes patience and family support is the key.

Ms Tamanitokula has a five-year-old son who was diagnosed this year with ITP, a disorder that can lead to easy or excessive bruising and bleeding.

Yesterday her family and friends gathered at her home in Cunningham outside Suva in support of her stand against cancer and also to have her hair shaved.

“This is for Gabby and cancer victims and survivors,”she said.

“With Gabriel luckily his condition is not cancerous.

“He does not get to do what other children can do like playing, but the way I see him, he still enjoys life and just lives it like a healthy child,” Ms Tamanitokula said.

“He goes for transfusion, blood tests and fortnight clinics, we are just careful with what he eats and does every day,”she said.

“Through our family and friends we have managed to collect $500.

“The money collected today will go directly to the Pediatric Oncology Unit for children at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital.”

Today marks the end Pinktober month.

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