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Akariva’s Wish Comes True, Family Prays For Hope

Ten-year-old Akariva Kilawe­kana of Matacaucau in Ko­rovoi, Tailevu, is a Batman fan. His Christmas wish included a Batman suit, a television screen, basketball shorts and shoes. His wish was certainly
30 Nov 2018 10:45
Akariva’s Wish Comes True, Family Prays For Hope
Founder for Make a Wish Foundation Pacific Gilli Sinclair (right), presenting Akariva Kilawekana his Christmas gifts as acting High Commissioner of New Zealand Halia Haddad (middle) looks on. On the left is Falo Leni Curr, the wife of New Zealand High Commissioner to Fiji, Jonathan Curr

Ten-year-old Akariva Kilawe­kana of Matacaucau in Ko­rovoi, Tailevu, is a Batman fan. His Christmas wish included a Batman suit, a television screen, basketball shorts and shoes.

His wish was certainly fulfilled yesterday after he, along with four others who suffer from terminal il­ness, received early Christmas gifts from their secret santa – Make A Wish Foundation.

Akariva was diagnosed with acute myeloblastic leukemia last month.

It is a type of cancer that affects the bone marrow and blood cells.

His grandmother, Volaivuna Siga­navanua, said Akariva had been suffering from high fever and was slow to recover which led to his ad­mission in hospital.

“The doctors sent his blood for check-up in Suva and we were told that he had tested positive for den­gue fever and leptospirosis,” said the 62-year-old.

“They started treating him in Suva, but after a week he still had not recovered.”

Seeing this, the doctors opted to do a bone marrow test. The tests confirmed that he was suffering from acute myeloblastic leukemia which cannot be treated in Fiji.

As desperate it is for the family to wish him good health, Ms Sigana­vanua said they could only rely on God’s intervention to get him the treatment he needs.

“Even the government cannot send him abroad for treatment so it is up to us,” grandmother Sigana­vanua said.

“His father told me that we are going to look to God for help. The doctors here cannot do anything and so we have been praying and fasting ever since he has been diag­nosed.”

Akariva has three other siblings.

He has been unable to attend school after the diagnosis, but his grandmother expressed her grati­tude to the Make A Wish Founda­tion for giving the little one these beautiful moments of joy.

Edited by Caroline Ratucadra

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