| ||The story of 13 years old, Muhammad Irfan Hakeem unfolds in Burewala, a
small town near Lahore. Young Irfan lived happily with his paternal
aunt until a swelling on the right side of his groin necessitated a
visit to a local doctor who prescribed antibiotics, Irfan got temporary
relief, but the swelling persisted and continued to grow, Eventually he
was taken to his parents in Lahore. Preliminary tests convinced to
doctor to refer young irfan to Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital
& Research Centre.|
Medical investigations carried out here, confirmed the diagnosis of Non
Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (NHL). The presence of the disease was a dreadful
revelation for Irfan and his family belonging to the underprivileged
class and unable to bear the high cost of treatment, they were relieved
to learn about the hospital’s policy of providing free treatment to
deserving patients. Irfan’s treatment was initiated without any delay.
|Irfan underwent extensive treatment for over 5 years. At one point during his treatment irfan experienced a relapse of NHL. Finally, irfan’s struggle a against the dreadful disease, non Hodgkin’s Lymphoma succeeded and a dark period of his life was over.|
The timely treatment of Irfan helped him escape from a life and death situation. Today apart from a regular follow-up schedule at the hospital, Irfan lives a healthy and active life. We at Shaukat Khanum Hospital are delighted at the progress he has made and wish him a healthy future and a fulfilling long life ahead.