STORIES OF OUR DEAR ONES WE LOST IN THE FIGHT AGAINST CANCER.
Cancer has been a dreaded disease. Its has been known to be a killer desease. This page is dedicated to those kids that we have lost.
Beautiful A.M a 9 year old girl whose parents noticed a swelling under her nose involving her upper jaw was taken round her native TIV private hospitals, the swelling continued to increase in size and her parents were advised to bring her to Lagos. At LUTH, a diagnosis of Burkitt’s lymphoma was made she was started on chemotherapy, Burkitts, a fast growing tumor responds fast to the right chemotherapy, after 2 courses of chemotherapy the swelling had reduced so much one can once again appreciate A.M ‘s beauty she was discharged home to continue chemotherapy. From home she came once and never showed up again for chemotherapy. Her parents brought her in 6 months later bleeding and very pale. She died before she could be transfused.
D.N., 3 year5 old male child who had a white spot in the black of his eyes (pupil) was taken to various hospitals by his very caring and loving parents. No one suspected childhood cancer until about 6 months into the illness. On getting to LUTH a diagnosis of Retinoblastoma was made He was commenced on chemotherapy; a shunt was put into the brain because of hydrocephalus and increase in the head size. After the 2nd course of chemo; he became unconscious and had repeated episodes of convulsions. He was referred to U C H Ibadan where the shunt was change; he continued chemo and had radiotherapy. His father had to abandon his work in Lagos to be with him. After a well fought battle, D.N passed on.
A.S. an 18 month old female child was noticed by the mother to be less active, looked almost white. She was taken to a private hospital where she was transfused a couple of times on account of low PCV (packed cell volume). For a period of 3 months. Afraid of the multiple transfusions her parents took her to general hospital from where she was referred to LUTH. A diagnosis of Leukemia was made. She had more transfusions – blood and platelets in LUTH had commenced chemotherapy before she passed on after battling for 6 months.
M.I. A 3 year old boy was feverish, pale and had an enlarged abdomen. A diagnosis of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia at LUTH after series of investigations. He was commenced on chemotherapy inclusive of injecting the drugs into his spinal canal, to prevent Central Nervous System involvement of the cancer. He needed several blood transfusions initially, And later came to have very low platelet count meaning his father had to shuttle between LUTH and Lagos Island. He passed on one fine weekend morning after his father had tried in vain to get platelets for him from Lagos Island.