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MUHAMMAD’S FIGHT AGAINST CANCER

Muhammad Hussain is a gentle 6 year old with a love for KFC Pops and Spiderman and extremely loud music, and his pride and joy, is his HotWheels collection. Looking at him from afar, playing quietly with a set of UnO cards, you could mistakenly think, that this is just a normal, well-behaved 6 year old with a really short haircut.

However, nothing could be further removed from the truth. Muhammad has been Fighting disease and odds stacked against him, since he was only a few months old. He was diagnosed and hospitalized with Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis (HLH) in August 2010, and spent his first birthday in hospital. HLH is a very rare blood disease and immune system disorder, and according to Swedish studies, occurs in 1 / 2 cases per million, usually in infancy or early childhood.

After starting a search for a bone marrow match due to HLH, Muhammad was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia in February 2012, at the age of 2. ALL accounts for about 35% of all childhood cancers.

Initial treatment, after diagnosis, was at Red cross Children’s Memorial Hospital, and after 3 and a half months of aggressive chemotherapy, Muhammad could go home to Port Elizabeth, where he received on-going chemotherapy for three and a half years, until middle 2015.

It was at Red Cross G1 ward, where the Little Fighters Cancer Trust met Muhammad and his father, Fahrad, in 2012, and have been walking this journey with the Hussain Family ever since, providing practical, material and emotional Support.

In August 2015, his parents, Fahrad and Kameelah Hussain, was told their child is cancer free, just to be disillusioned mere weeks after. Whilst waiting to hear from the doctors that Muhammad is in complete remission, he relapsed on 12 September 2015, only three days before his 6th birthday.

Muhammad and his father had to, once again, go to Cape Town, so that aggressive chemotherapy treatment could be administered, and was told that Muhammad needs a bone marrow transplant.

Treatment in Cape Town will continue, 8 treatments of chemotherapy, followed by Interim Treatment, which will also include radiotherapy. Once the Interim Treatment has been completed, estimated to be toward the end of April 2016, Muhammad will go back to Maintenance Treatment, which means he will continue receiving aggressive chemotherapy in PE for between 12 and 18 months. This means, receiving chemotherapy for five days of every week, for up to one and a half years.


 
 

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