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How a stranger in Poland helped save our daughter's life after she was diagnosed with a rare illness

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Jonathan's daughter, Rachel, rings the bell at Rondebosch Medical Centre to signal that she is on the road to recovery.
Jonathan's daughter, Rachel, rings the bell at Rondebosch Medical Centre to signal that she is on the road to recovery.
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At 14:24 on Monday, my daughter Rachel walked up to a brass bell at the Rondebosch Medical Centre. She gripped the rope attached to the bell and swung it. The bell chimed. I swallowed the lump in my throat. 

A few minutes earlier, her doctor, paediatric oncologist and haematologist (and musician and all-round hero) Marc Hendricks, opened a government-brown medical file, bulging with notes, and wrote two little letters: "D/C", the medical abbreviation for "discharge". 

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