Iman and Ahmed moved to the UK in 2012, when Mohamed was just one. Mohamed was diagnosed with cancer in 2016, when he was four years old. His younger sister, Meera, was just 6 months old. When they found out Mohamed had cancer, it was a huge shock to the entire family.
Mohamed’s mother, Iman, says, “It was a big shock and we felt very guilty. He had been struggling with symptoms for four months and we couldn’t help him. We had taken him to the GP eight times, A&E twice and Private Consultants twice but no one figured out it was cancer and they all insisted his symptoms would improve. We felt like we should have fought harder.”
“The fact that we had no family around made it very difficult. We had a six month old baby and a child with cancer. It was terrifying.”
They were transferred to Kingston Hospital and during a 10 day stint in the hospital, they met our Family Support Worker and Founder, Bianca.
“I immediately felt more relaxed with Bianca in the room. She was warm, honest and I felt like I could completely open up to her about how I was feeling.”
Mohamed was in treatment for two years.
“The hardest thing about treatment was the fear of the next step. The waiting to hear the treatment assessment results after finishing each stage. It was also very difficult dealing with Mohamed’s fear of blood and Needles and seeing the impact of treatment on Mohamed’s little body and how in sometimes made him so weak and unable to move.”
“Bianca and other members of the Family Support Team have always made Mohamed’s experience at Kingston Hospital better. Going to Kingston hospital for treatment was really scary for Mohamed but because of the nice environment and special attention from Bianca, it created something positive for Mohamed to look forward to.”
“Momentum Children’s Charity go out of their way to make things better. When Mohamed stayed in Kingston Hospital for a 10 day period, they offered him exclusive access to the play room for 2 hours each day and ensured it was sterilised before he entered. They also didn’t forget Meera, she was also made to feel part of the Momentum Children’s Charity family.”
“It was always great for me and my children to feel the love and care from Bianca and the team. We really needed it, and it made us feel like we were not fighting Cancer alone.”