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Eljane is one of our new Little Fighters. She is 15 years old and diagnosed with Hodgkins Disease stage 4 Lymphoma. We are also currently working very hard at making a Dream come true for Eljane, SO WATCH THIS SPACE!
Eljane started getting ill in the first week of her 2011 school year. She ended up in hospital with Gastro, a light lung infection and fever. Her fever spiked extremely high and the doctors struggled to break it. But, after a week, Eljane was discharged and went home, and was back at school that Monday.
Eljane kept being feverish and lightheaded, and on the Friday a friend phoned from school to tell Charlotte, Eljane’s mother, that Eljane is not looking too well. Charlotte took Eljane to the doctor immediately. The doctor sent Eljane for xrays and the verdict was Tuberculosis and she was sent to the Trichard Highveld Clinic.
There the specialist refused to accept the diagnosis of TB and ran more tests. Eljane is transferred to ICU and she still has a terribly high fever and is crying, she looks and IS very ill. The Saturday all the TB tests come back negative.
On Monday, Eljane is transferred to Die Hart in Pretoria where she is placed in the care of Dr Goolam. On March 30, 2011, while Eljane is receiving a blood transfusion, they are given the diagnosis. Eljane has Hodgkins Disease, and it is in Stage 4.
Eljane is referred to an Oncologist, Dr Chetty. Radioactive scans confirm that she has Cancer in her lungs, spinal cord and liver.
Dr Goolam will be using Eljane’s xrays in his next conference in the US as he has never seen or heard of a case where Hodgkins Disease started in the fourth stage.
On June 3rd, 2011, Eljane was diagnosed with Memengites and had to receive intraveinous antibiotics for 10 days. The Doctors ppermitted her to stay out of hospital, on the condition that they stay within 5 minutes from the hospital grounds. She went in to receive medication twice daily. Eljane has a younger brother, who due to school exams, could not be with her and her mother during those ten days, and the family of three was heartbroken to be torn apart like this.
At the moment Eljane is doing well, she will still be going in to hospital for Chemo treatment and regular checkups. During the past few months, this family have gone through many life altering experiences.
Eljane is determined to get back to school next year and have changed her plans for the future from wanting to study Law, to becoming an Oncologist. This young lady has the wisdom to realise that she can make a tremendous difference in the lives of other Cancer Children, because of the Fight she is fighting right now.