“Mieke Van den Berg is an 8-year-old girl from Rustenburg who was diagnosed in November 2022 with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL), better known as blood and bone marrow cancer. Mieke is not healthy at all and is currently in a critical condition regarding her heart. She can’t walk, she doesn’t want to eat and she is very weak.
Mieke will have to go through to Pretoria for chemo three times a week for the next 24 months. She will also have bone marrow drawn to monitor the cancer, every third week for the next 3 months. Mieke will not be allowed to return to a normal school, because Leukemia affects her immune system and breaks it down completely. Having said that, she is very susceptible to any virus and/or infection. She has to wear masks when we go to town, and we as parents, have to wear gloves every time when she gets chemo.
Within the next two weeks, she will get a Chemo Pod implanted in her chest, which is implanted under her skin with a tube that is inserted directly into her main artery. This device is then used to give her chemo every week, three times a week, instead of inserting a drip every time or going home with a drip.
The chemo she is currently receiving is: Doxorubicin and Vincristin, two very aggressive chemo treatments. Vincristine is injected directly into her spine by means of a lumber punch injection, every fourth week under anesthesia. Doxorubicin is currently given directly through a drip, and from next week she will receive it through the chemo pod. Her white blood cell count is still low, because of the chemo, but her red blood cell count is increasing, very slowly, but it is increasing.
Mieke is currently being treated at Dr George Mukhari Hospital at Ga-Rankuwa.
The Medical Aid is busy to Reinstate so everything is on hold.”
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