BENEFITING: Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
Reef was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia at the age of 5 months at a routine paediatric check up. His chances of survival were given at 20%, but not withstanding this, his parents Ryan and Lydia chose to fight this dreaded disease.
Reef underwent an extensive chemotherapy protocol and as he did not achieve remission, a bone marrow transplant was his only hope of survival. 100% match was found for him in Germany and he was put into isolation for 100 days post transplant.
The last two years has seen Reef admitted to ICU 8 times and with every admission his parents were told he would not make it. Doctors clearly underestimated Reef will to live and God’s miracles for this brave little boy.
Reef suffers from severe graft versus host disease which has resulted in contractures of all his joints, a painful skin condition, lack of tears, and osteopaenia of his bones. Reef, at the age of 3 years is unable to speak or open his hands.
Thanks to wonderful people both in S.A. and abroad and the most incredible fundraising efforts, Reef is receiving rehabilitation at Los Angeles Children’s hospital and by the grace of God will be there for the next 2 – 3 years by which time we hope all these debilitating problems will be rectified.But despite this funds are quickly running out to keep treating Baby Reef and we still need to raise more fundsto keep him alive and well please support Baby Reef, thank you all.