Mehwish Javed: I was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblast Leukemia at the age of 14.

“The doctors’ reassuring words and the care of the nurses helped me heal rapidly.”

Mehwish Javed lives with her family in Mansehra, a North West Frontier Province in Pakitan. She was 14 when she came down with a fever which would eventually prove to be a symptom of Acute Lymphoblast Leukemia. For days the fever persisted, causing weakness and pain in her legs. She was taken to a local doctor who suspected something was seriously wrong and sent her for tests in Rawalpindi. As a result of these tests, doctors referred Mehwish to the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital (SKMCH).

She was diagnosed with cancer after a thorough medical investigation. This was devastating news for Mehwish’s parents who were naturally deeply concerned about their only daughter’s health and future prospects.

Mehwish’s father was on a low-income salary working as a laboratory assistant. He was also worried that his daughter would suffer further if he couldn’t meet the high cost of treatment. However, his worries on that score soon faded when he learnt that they would be eligible for financial assistance from the hospital.

After months of chemotherapy, Mehwish was given the all clear. She put this down to the excellent treatment she received at the SKMCH. “The doctors’ reassuring words and the care of the nurses helped me heal rapidly,” she says.

Today, Mehwish enjoys sound health and has just sat her year 10 examinations. Her ambition is to complete her education and join the medical profession as a Paediatrician.

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