“Our Story begins on the day of 1st of December 2012, when my husband Neil and I got married.
We have a baby girl named Ava Eliza Liberty. Ava was born on 03 April 2016. She is a talkative, inquisitive and a stunning rising star.
When Ava was 9 months old, we received our miracle surprise blessing who made his presence known. A healthy baby boy, Wyatt Ethan Liberty made our family complete on the 26 February 2018. A very active boy with an amazing wonderful imagination. Always playing, a typical boy that loved any game that includes a ball made him happy. Apart from the occasional seasonal allergies and cold he was always a very healthy boy.
Exciting times for our family, we started potty training Wyatt – he was doing so well, and was on his way to be fully potty trained until it all suddenly changed.
On the 13th of April 2022 he started suffering from constipation over the long weekend. With the fact that he was potty training it didn’t alarm us too much. We got him some medication at the local pharmacy. By Tuesday we took him to the doctor. On the 19th April 2022 the doctor advised that he is pale and that we should take him for blood work. The GP contacted us the same night and advised that we need to come and collect a referral letter for Karl Bremmer hospital as he has a septic blood infection. Karl Bremmer transferred us to Tygerberg hospital at 00:00 hours -observations and blood works were done. The next day, Wyatt received platelets and red blood cells (blood transfusion).
Due to the fact that Wyatt is 4years of age and not speaking, they advised that he should be tested for Autism. His hearing test was perfect, and they made an appointment for us to see the speech therapist and Occupational therapist.
From the 19th until the 24th of April they completed constant testing and on the 3rd of May 2022 they drew blood, discharged us and advised that they will contact us in a week to advise on the blood results.
On the 19th of May I was contacted at work and was told that the blood works are perfect and that he is discharged. They confirmed that it was a very bad viral infection.
Sadly, on the 16th of May, Wyatt started developing bumps on his head and what looks like spider bites on his legs that made him lose feeling in his leg. Because Wyatt doesn’t speak, we took him to the GP and we thought he had mumps, so the GP advised just for safety and with his history, to get blood work done.
The same day the GP contacted us and advised that his blood works are low and referred us to the hospital, this time to Tygerberg hospital directly and recommended that they complete a bone marrow extraction for testing. The hospital advised that due to his recent blood transfusion they would rather give it 2weeks and get the blood tested again. In the interim while we are at home, we should monitor him closely and see if the bumps increase in size or if he develops a fever or shortness of breath. They gave us a date to return back to hospital on the 6th of June 2022.
On the 23rd of May we took Wyatt into hospital as the bumps increased and started to become inflamed. They drew blood and on the 24th of May 2022, Wyatt was diagnosed with ALL (Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia).
He received his first chemotherapy on the same day as he was in a favorable stage and they wanted to start with the treatment as soon as possible. Friday the 27th of May they did a lumber punch.
Wyatt then received Chemotherapy every 2nd day. On the 3rd of June they completed his 2nd lumber punch. He then completed his 10-day trial of the 1st chemotherapy.
On the 13th of June we received the news that stronger chemotherapy needs to be administered as the 1st round of chemo did not kill any cancer cells.
On the day of my only son’s diagnosis, our entire world and life was turned upside down where nothing makes sense anymore. The only thing that keeps us sane and strong is our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, and believing that our story will be a story of surviving, victory and grace. A true testimony of a miracle working God.
Wyatt was also diagnosed with Autism on 19 June 2022.
The mere fact that my son shows so much power and endurance and through all of this still smiles and laughs gives us strength to carry on fighting with him every single day.
We have maxed our credit cards. Bank balance is in overdraft that is maxed. My amazing husband gave up his job to be with my son in hospital for treatment and we are surviving on personal loans that have been maxed. But the grace of God has carried us this far and he will never forsake us.”
All things are possible – (I can endure all these things through the power of the ONE who gives me strength – Philippians 4:13).
Please open your heart to Wyatt and his family today and support our fundraiser. All the proceeds from the “Life is Beautiful Bracelets” are donated towards his ongoing medical care, treatment and therapy. Together we CAN make a positive difference in his life!
Alternatively, please consider a donation; any and all donations welcome. REF: Wyatt Liberty.