Cuban is a remarkable little boy who makes lemonade by the jugfull with the lemons life gave him.
His journey with Red Cross Children’s Hospital began in 2015 when he suddenly felt sick and had a nose bleed. His concerned granny immediately took him to the local clinic in Lotus River where he was assessed and subsequently referred to Red Cross Children’s Hospital. The sick little boy and his granny had to take a taxi to the hospital in Rondebosch as they had no other transport. After various tests, the family received the devastating news: little Cuban had Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML), a type of cancer of the blood and bone marrow with excess immature white blood cells.
This diagnosis meant that Cuban had to have a bone marrow transplant and his donor was none other than his little brother of 3. Cuban received chemotherapy as well and was soon declared free of cancer and he was happy to return home. His grandma proudly tells us: “Cuban is a very intelligent boy and he is very active. He loves soccer, car games and anything to do with technology or electronics.” She had been his primary companion in hospital as his mom had to take care of the rest of the family.
Recently, Cuban had a sore throat and he had difficulty swallowing. “He was not himself.” His vigilant grandma brought Cuban back to Red Cross Children’s Hospital where he is currently being assessed. Doctors suspect that the cancer might have returned and this saddens his grandma immensely. “I am very sad but I remain hopeful,” she says. “If I can advise parents in a similar situation: put your belief and hope in God.”
Cuban has a very optimistic outlook on life and dreams of becoming a lawyer one day. His love for learning is exceptional as he requested a workbook because he did not want to fall behind with his school work. With such an attitude, we have no doubt that this resilient little fighter will realise his dreams one day.