“We were satisfied to know that our son was in safe hands. He was being given the best treatment available, free of cost.”
Musa was just four years old when he started complaining of abdominal pain and nausea. One day the pain became unbearable and he was taken to a local hospital where the doctor diagnosed him with acute appendicitis. He was operated on immediately but, after a few weeks, his condition had not improved. This time, the doctor suspected that Musa’s intestines were entangled, so he underwent a second operation which revealed the truth about his condition. Musa was diagnosed with a cancer called Burkitt’s Lymphoma and the doctor informed his parents that it was at a stage where there was little chance of survival.
“At that moment, I was struck by the thought that Musa may not see his fifth birthday,” says his mother. “I felt helpless but that I had to do something.” The doctor advised Musa’s family to take him to Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital. “The experienced and qualified consultants there were hopeful that Musa could be treated even at this advanced stage,” his mother continues. “Hope was all we needed at that point and our days began to grow brighter.” The eighteen month treatment was intensive, but Musa bravely pulled through each phase of the treatment. “We were satisfied to know that our son was in safe hands. He was being given the best treatment available, free of cost.”
Musa is now ten years old and growing stronger each day. He is back at school and wants to become a doctor when he grows up so that he can help save the lives of children like himself.Back to Our Stories