Little Muhammad can now ‘rest with the dolphins forever’

2016-11-16 06:00
< Muhammad Hussain (7) who had leukaemia died in Life St George’s Hospital on Saturday, November 5. Muhammad met Gambit the dolphin at uShaka Marine World in Durban with the assistance of Netcare 911 emergency services staff last month.

< Muhammad Hussain (7) who had leukaemia died in Life St George’s Hospital on Saturday, November 5. Muhammad met Gambit the dolphin at uShaka Marine World in Durban with the assistance of Netcare 911 emergency services staff last month.

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HIS dream was always to play with the dolphins and now Muhammad Hussain (7) can rest near these sea creatures forever.

So said an emotional Farhad Hussain, Muhammad’s father, only days after his son’s death. Muhammad, from Gelvandale, was diagnosed with leukaemia when he was only two years old.

Die Burger previously published an article on Muhammad after the Little Fighters cancer trust took him on a trip from Port Elizabeth to uShaka Marine World in Durban to meet Gambit the dolphin.

On Saturday, November 5, less than a month after his trip, he died in the Life St George’s Hospital. On the same day, Farhad transported his son’s body to Durban to bury him in accordance with Muslim tradition.

“Now he can be near Gambit forever. He loved animals and life so much that we sometimes forgot that he had cancer.

“Even when he was admitted to hospital after his visit to uShaka, there were never signs that he was so close to death. Muhammad was so brave; sometimes he pulled his mouth from the pain, but he never showed us how much he was suffering.”

The reality of Muhammad’s death has not yet sunk in; Farhad repeatedly speaks in the present tense, while his wife, Kaamielah, sits quietly next to him.

“No parent is ever ready to bury his child,” said Farhad. “We accepted the cancer, because we had six-and-a-half years of it – and in this time we gave him enough love for 100 years. This love will never go away.”

Farhad has declared that he will not abandon his struggle to enlist bone marrow donors.

“I am grateful to Little Fighters and the hospital personnel who did everything they could for Muhammad, but now I want to empower other child cancer sufferers. I had to wait for six-and-a-half years for a donor who could save my son’s life, and had to bury him without this donor being found.

“That must not be allowed to happen with the other children who are lying on their deathbeds and waiting for a second chance at life. Therefore, I will fight to convince others to register as donors.”

. The long road they walked with Muhammad and his family, touched the Little Fighters cancer trust so much that they will honour him with a new branch of their organisation, said Mandie Erasmus of the trust.

“This project will be a website with the title The Pink Room, because pink was Muhammad’s favourite colour,” she explained. “There, we will share photos of him and his story and also hang photos and wishes of other cancer sufferers on the ‘walls’. In this way, the public and interested corporate parties will hopefully read about other children’s dreams and unite to make their wishes come true.

  • To register as a bone marrow donor, contact the Sunflower Fund on 080 012 1082.

After a series of medical questions and a registration process, the donor’s blood is drawn at a local clinic and the donor is placed on the databank. Should a donor be suitable for a patient, his blood is drawn and the bone marrow cells extracted and transfused to the patient. Anyone inspired by Muhammad’s tale and who wants to get involved, can reach Mandie at mandie@littlefighters.org.za.

– ODETTE PARFITT

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