One of many so-called viral videos on Facebook, this one recently caught my eye and kind of made me want to know more. The video showed a child, not more than five years old, singing away, evidently sitting on a hospital bed.
The child showed no sign of fear but had an awful love for life in the expression she held on her tiny, but the swollen face, which has a saline line through her nose.
Leah, as you might know, her from her mom’s page entitled “Prayers and Love for Leah”, used to suffer from a deadly disease i.e. congenital neutropenia. Thanks to this, this little girl had to go through the ordeal of not one, but two bone marrow transplants.
Look at her, with so much feeling, love and keeping her childhood alive. Even in the dreary white hospital room, she sings and mimes Mandisa’s famous “you’re an overcomer”.
The original caption to the video read: “She’s an overcomer. Septic shock, two bone marrow transplants, graft vs. Host disease and 325 days away from home in the hospital. God is so good to us through it all and Leah is proof of his mercy and grace! […] ”
Neutropenia is a rare birth defect that is caused by the lack or deficiency of neutrophils, a type of white blood corpuscle, which are instrumental to immunity. Patients are easily susceptible to repeated and serious infections.
Needless to say, the procedure of bone marrow transplanting is often enough to kill in itself, especially in young patients. But Leah has successfully lived through two. Once in ‘014 and once in ‘016, which was because the initial donor’s marrow got rejected in Leah’s body.
Today, however, she stands healthy and like any other little kid of her age. She is still recovering, but boy is she living!
Head over to her mother’s Facebook page, ‘Prayers and Love for Leah’, for updates. The page was used by her mother as a means to raise money for the costly procedures the little child had to go through, and God saw them through his and million others’ blessings.
Watch the video and pray for everything you already have in life; the smallest things, like the air you breathe and the most commonplace of sights you see. In a world where people like you and me have choices like which restaurant to order food from, there are people who aren’t even given basic things like clean and safe drinking water.