Hiyam loves when the Child Life Therapists come around.
Kylie, her Child Life Therapist, is amazing. She has been a fantastic support while Hiyam has been undergoing radiotherapy, not just for her, but for me too. She takes us away from reality for a while.
Three-year-old Hiyam had been unwell for a long time, suffering from frequent fevers, coughs and flus, but her mum Yesmin was told it was just a virus.
She also complained of pains in her tummy, and when her dad discovered a lump in her tummy on her 4th birthday, her worried parents took her to the night doctor, who sent her to their local hospital.The next day, Hiyam was transferred to Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick, where she was diagnosed with a tumour on her left kidney. Further tests revealed it had spread to other areas of her body, and her treatment began. After being admitted to the Oncology Ward, Hiyam underwent regular sessions of chemotherapy and radiation therapy. While this has taken its toll, and is not an enjoyable experience, there have been some very welcome distractions for Hiyam while she’s been in the Hospital.
Hiyam has finished her treatment and now comes into the Hospital for regular check-ups.