Fatima Ortega, Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL)

4 Years Old at Diagnosis

Fatima OrtegaOn July 17, 2007 after 10 years of waiting for a miracle, Fatima Angelica Ortega was born. We were so, so happy to have a new baby at home. Her sisters Edith, 12, and Jessica, 10, were so happy to have a little sister. Fatima grew up as a healthy little girl; she attended a preschool where she made lots of friends. Fatima was always caring a loving. I remember that Fatima would bring her little friends home from around the neighborhood to have snacks, play with her toys and watch movies such as Toy Story, Mulan, Monsters Inc., etc. Fatima never asked anything in return.

When Fatima was four years old, around February and March, she often complained of legs and arms pain. On April 12, Fatima got a bad cold, high fever. The doctor said that it was a cold. On April 20, the fever returned even higher, she looked pale, had a lot of bruising, I also noticed red tiny dots on her face and body. We went to see the pediatricians who run blood work. Devastating news was waiting. Fatima has leukemia. On April 25, 2012 acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) was confirmed by the pediatric oncologists. How could that have happened? When? Why my child? There is no answer to those questions. My child is in a battle for her life. Her battle is my battle, what hurts her, hurts me too.

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