Siti’s story

Siti

Patient Name: Siti
Age: 3 years old
Patient admission date: 18th March 2009
Patient passed away on: 17th April 2009

Patient History

Siti was the only child of a young couple from West Jakarta. She was first diagnosed with cancer in July 2007, a year after she had fallen in the shower while still learning to walk. According to Siti’s parents, the fall had resulted in a bad wound around her coccyx that never healed, and all bowel movements were increasingly obstructed and painful.

When the pain and bowel obstruction did not ease 4 months later and swelling in the stomach had begun, Siti was referred to Dharmais National Cancer Centre, where chemotherapy treatment was immediately administered.

15 months of chemotherapy later, tumour mass continued to grow and pain persisted. Tragedy struck again when the oncologist attempted a surgery to remove the tumour mass in the hope of easing the pain. Siti was paralysed from waist down post surgery and they also discovered that the cancer had spread to her liver.

This was when Siti was referred to Rachel House.

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Tedi’s Story

Tedi

Patient Name: Tedi
Age: 12 years old
Patient admission date: 31st October 2008
Patient passed away on: 17th December 2008

Patient History

Tedi was taken ill in August 2007 with loss of appetite, dry throat and tuberculosis. Laboratory tests of the blood revealed abnormalities with eventual diagnosis of acute myeloid leukemia.

In February 2008, Tedi began chemotherapy treatment at Dharmais National Cancer Centre (“RSKD”). Unfortunately, the treatment was not successful in keeping the cancer at bay.

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Adi’s Story

Adi

Patient Name: Adi
Age: 18 years old
Patient admission date: 31st August 2008
Patient passed away on: 8th October 2008

Patient History

Adi was taken ill in August 2007 with loss of appetite, dry throat and tuberculosis. Laboratory tests of the blood revealed abnormalities with eventual diagnosis of acute myeloid leukemia.

In February 2008, Adi began chemotherapy treatment at Dharmais National Cancer Centre (“RSKD”). Unfortunately, the treatment was not successful in keeping the cancer at bay.

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Bayu’s Story

Bayu

Patient Name: Bayu
Age: 7 years old
Patient admission date: 6th December 2007
Patient passed away on: 10th January 2008

Patient History

Bayu was an adorable 7-year old girl who was admitted as the first patient in our inpatient facility in December 2008. Bayu’s family came from Magetan in Central Java. She was the 3rd child from a family of 4, with 3 other brothers.

She was diagnosed with Retinoblastoma in her hometown, Magetan, a year before she arrived at Rachel House. At the time, the doctor in the hospital had removed her right eye, with recommendation for radiation therapy following the surgery. Unfortunately, due to limited financial resources (Bayu’s father is a contract labourer and her mother a domestic helper), her parents could not afford the treatment.

By the time she arrived at Rachel House, the mass of tumour on her right eye had grown to the size of an orange, and the cancer had metastasized to her brain and liver

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