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Loving, playing, learning: A childhood for cancer kids

  • Dian Kuswandini

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, February 13 2009   /  06:24 pm

"Hi little brother, will your eyeball also be removed like mine?" Four-year-old Aisya Putri hugged one-year-old Fesa Rahmandika, planting a warm kiss on the little boy's cheek. These two children are not siblings; they are strangers. But Fesa's half-closed eyes quickly attracted Aisya's attention and affection. "He can't see *clearly*, just like me," said Aisya, an eye cancer survivor. "And he has no hair, too, like me," she grinned, touching the fluffy strands of hair on her head - all that's left after chemotherapy. It is unexpected to find such good humor in a little girl like Aisya, who has just lost one of her eyes. Six months ago, her life took a sudden turn and she was forced to battle bravely against cancer. She was diagnosed with retinoblastoma and underwent surgery to remove her right eyeball. Nine-year-old Yul...