A heroic six-year-old has tragically passed away after bravely fighting against the adenovirus she contracted after a transplant.
Kaiya Patel, from Rickmansworth and a Northwood schoolgirl, had a stem cell transplant after being diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia last year.
Her parents, Anu and Ruchit, posted on a Facebook page dedicated to their daughter, Be Kaiya’s Donor, on Monday, January 14: “We are heartbroken to inform you that our Angel Kaiya passed away late last night. She had fought an incredible battle against the adenovirus she contracted post-transplant, and lasted longer than any other child treated for that affliction at GOSH.”
“That reflects determination, willpower, and strength that we cannot describe in words. But Kaiya was more than just those things. She was kind, diplomatic, thoughtful, compassionate, and considerate. She was loved by all. And she has taught us what it is to bring light and life and love to people. Hers was not a life led with no meaning.”
“She did not die of cancer. She found a cure to a cancer that was previously incurable. Donor drives carried out in her name have already helped many kids with cancer. And she brought about a change in a drug protocol that means that other kids with adenovirus will not suffer the same fate as her. That’s more than we have done in our lives. Thank you for all your support and love during this difficult time.”
Tributes have poured in for Kaiya, as the post has been commented on over 3,500 times, shared over 850 times and reacted to by over 7,000 in less than 24 hours.
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