Bea Jordaan, a little miracle, was born prematurely in 2019. Mom, Elna (42 yr.) with type 1 diabetes, miraculously fell pregnant and gave birth to baby Bea. On 3 February 2020 their whole life changed when Bea was diagnosed with Retinoblastoma – a very rare cancer in the eye. Little Bea has this cancer in both of her eyes.
On 14 February 2020 she received the port through which she would receive her chemo. She received her first chemo treatment the next day. A few days later, on the 20th , Bea went for an MRI scan to determine how aggressive the tumours were. This day ripped their whole life apart as it was discovered that the tumour in her left eye measured 1.5cm x1.4cm, while the tumour in the right eye was 5mm. To save baby Bea from this cancer spreading throughout her body, her left eye had to be removed completely on the 24th. She received her second chemo treatment on 6 March, at Unitas Hospital.
Because of the sudden illness and operation, Elna had to resign from her job to take care of Bea. Daddy was retrenched from his job and currently works for a very small salary at a hardware store. At this stage, the family is completely dependent on their retired parents for financial support as well as transport, as they currently do not own a car. They urgently need our support to help fund the temporary prosthetic eye and all the costs pertaining to this cause. Together we can make a difference, one bracelet at a time!
Please consider a donation – any and all donations welcome. REF: Bea Jordaan.
Update 13 August 2020:
The doctors have found a new tumour growing in Bea’s right eye. They have started radiation every three weeks. Bea has to complete three blocks of radiation before the doctors will decide whether she needs to start with chemo. Please keep baby girl Bea, as well as her parents, in your prayers.
Update 16 January 2023:
On 5 January 2022, D. Lara Sandri, who treated Bea’s cancer, gave us the wonderful news of Bea’s remission. Follow up appointments were set for every 11 weeks after that. On 11 January 2023, we received confirmation that the tumours in Bea’s eye are dead and shrinking. This means that Bea’s cancer has been in remission for a full year now!
Bea started day-care in July 2022 and has adapted very well. She loves spending time with friends and enjoys the sandpit the most. In class, she enjoys building with blocks, and she loves helping her friends. She’s a sassy little character!
Bea’s health is doing very well, and she’s a real little busy bee. She prefers playing and stories over watching television. Her favourite colour is yellow, and she has a healthy appetite. Bea has a very sharp little mind, and doesn’t easily forget anything – she’s quick to bring up any promises that may have been forgotten!
Mommy and Bea are now living in Modimolle. The intervals for follow up examinations remain at 11 weeks, until Dr. Sandri makes a change.
Please consider a donation; any and all donations welcome. REF: Bea Jordaan.