TV set for boy with leukemia

Patients with and parents after receiving their gifts yesterday. Picture: ATU RASEA

ON October 29, Akariva Kilaiwekana, 10, received the tragic news from doctors at Suva’s CWM Hospital that he was diagnosed with leukemia.

According to his grandmother, Volaivuna Sigasiganavanua, 62, Akariva could not hold back his tears when he was informed the sickness could claim his life.

But yesterday, thanks to the Make-A-Wish initiative, the young boy from Matacaucau Village in Tailevu was granted his wish to own a television set.

Speaking on his behalf, Mrs Sigasiganavanua said she started looking after Akariva a few years ago after his parents separated.

“The day the doctor told him about the news of his health condition, he just broke down to tears, it was one of the most painful days of my life.

“It hurts me to see him in pain every day and to know that leukemia is a killer disease. Right now I am just taking each day as it comes, praying and fasting for him,” she said.

With the new television set, Mrs Sigasiganavanua said her grandson would no longer have to leave home to watch the World Rugby Seven Series.

“Sometimes he goes around looking for a house in the village with a TV set just to watch the rugby sevens and to cheer for Fiji,” she said.

Akariva also received a pair of basketball gear and clothes.

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