Linke found out she had leukaemia at just 14 months old when she was taken to her local hospital in South Africa.
The doctors told her parents to enjoy their last Christmas together. Linke’s parents went home and spent Christmas with their little girl. Rene, Linke’s mum, refused to give up hope and reached out to as many oncologists as she could, reaching every corner of the globe.
The only one to respond was Children’s Medical Research Institute Board Member Dr Luciano Dalla-Pozza who told her, “I can’t promise to save her, but I can promise I won’t stop trying.”
That bit of hope was everything to Linke and her parents.
Their family packed up and within six weeks of arriving in Sydney and beginning treatment, Linke was in remission.
Unfortunately, this was only the beginning of young Linke’s battle.
The side effects from months of taking ineffective treatments has left her with lifelong problems. Until recently, she had bleeding gums, fainted easily, regularly had a fever, and problems with her vision. Today she still has learning difficulties, pain in her legs, and is easily tired and out of breath.
But there is hope.
With your help, children like Linke won’t need to endure months of treatments in search of one that will work, only to give them long-term side effects.
At this time, treatment options were limited and after months of trying, Linke continued to deteriorate.
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