Naa's Story, first diagnosed at 7 years old

Naa has undergone treatment twice for cancer – once when she was 7 years old and again at 11.

After experiencing pain in her stomach and fever-like symptoms, a friend encouraged the mother of seven-year-old Naa to take her to the hospital. Once they arrived at Ridge Hospital, medical staff realised there was an issue with her kidney. She was then transferred to Korle-Bu Hospital and diagnosed with Wilm’s tumour, a form of kidney cancer. 

World Child Cancer helped Naa and her mother by providing drug, diagnostic and transportation support.  

“Naa’s diagnosis presented financial issues for the family and we did not know if we could afford her medical care. Thanks to World Child Cancer’s support we were able to fund the treatment which allowed Naa to fight her cancer.” – Jennifer Amankwah, Naa’s Mother

Unfortunately, in 2021, Naa’s cancer returned, and she had to undergo surgery and restart her treatment. Throughout the treatment, Naa struggled with the injections and found it hard when the chemotherapy made her lose her appetite. However, after making it through these challenging times, Naa has now defeated cancer twice! 

During her treatment, Naa was missed by her siblings who were sad when she could not live with them. Her sister missed Naa doing her braids and helping her with her homework. To make it easier, they were able to phone Naa which helped them cope when she had to stay in the hospital.   

Following her recovery, Naa is able to be back at school, and she is happy she can learn her favourite subjects including Mathematics, History and English. When she grows up, Naa dreams of being a doctor and her sister would like to be a nurse. In her free time, Naa enjoys painting, colouring, reading storybooks and sharing stories with her friends. 

“I advise all parents to be observant of their child, listen to doctors, and have faith”

Naa rings the bell in the ward after finishing treatment for a second time

*Names changed to protect identities

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