Against all odds: orphaned teen survives rare disease and attends matricball

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 Sanet Basson regained the self-confidence to attend her matric ball ­after a lump the size of a tennis ball was removed from her neck. ( Photo: Photostudio78)
Sanet Basson regained the self-confidence to attend her matric ball ­after a lump the size of a tennis ball was removed from her neck. ( Photo: Photostudio78)

She looked gorgeous in her form-fitting, one-shoulder maroon and rose gold gown, her hair tumbling over one shoulder, a handsome young guy on her arm, and a bright-red Ford Mustang ready to take her to the dance most schoolkids look forward to: the matric farewell.

But until recently, Sanet Basson didn’t even dare to dream she’d have the confidence to go to the dance.

A lump the size of a tennis ball protruded from her neck and going out anywhere was an ordeal for the 18-year-old – let alone stepping out on the biggest night of her school career.

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