- A young doctor and mother is desperately seeking help to fund her medical treatment after months of chemotherapy have been unsuccessful
- There is a drug which may help her but it is extremely expensive
- Her family has appealed to the public to help her raise funds for the costly medicine
A 31-year-old doctor, wife and mother is full of life and often described by her friends as vibrant and enthusiastic have been diagnosed with a rare form of leukaemia. She has spent the last 9 months fighting the disease.
Kerryn specialised in paediatrics and is adored by her young patients but now she is the one in need of help.
Briefly.co.za learned that in May 2017 she was diagnosed with T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukaemia and because the treatment destroys her immune system she is forced to spend long periods of time in an isolation ward in hospital according to thesouthafrican.com.
This keeps her safe from germs and bacteria but also keeps her away from her two boys aged 4 and 9. Her husband, Sheldon, says that emotional toll it takes on his wife is almost as severe as the physical effects of the chemotherapy.
After she had finished her first round of chemo she went into remission. Her family managed to find a matching bone marrow donor in the US.
Unfortunately, after five months of chemotherapy, the leukaemia returned. Another three cycles of therapy had little effect.
Her medical team has exhausted all the drugs available to them in South Africa. Hope is not lost, there is another drug available that they have not had access to which might be successful.
However, Nelarabine is an extremely expensive drug. Kerryn's family is asking anyone who can make a contribution, no matter how small, towards the drug.
If you wish to help or would like more information you can visit Kerryn’s Leukaemia Fund on Facebook.
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