Amani was always full of energy and loved playing outside with all of his friends, but a few months ago his mom started to notice how tired he was becoming. He was also experiencing some pain in his legs. They went to a private doctor, who referred them to the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital.
At the Hospital, Amani was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL), a type of cancer that starts in the bone marrow and can quickly spread to the blood. He began chemotherapy in December.
Unfortunately, a few weeks later Amani was diagnosed with chicken pox and was moved into an isolation unit. His anxious mom says, “He was so sick and weak.”
Doctors had to stop his chemotherapy treatment until he recovered from his illness and his blood count had risen. Having now recovered from chicken pox, his family are full of relief to notice that he is gaining back some of his energetic personality. He happily spends his time playing with the other patients in the Oncology Ward. They are currently waiting for his results and are hoping that he can go home soon.