Plucky cancer survivor optimistic about prosthetic leg

He turns nine tomorrow and while little Javier Anderson has not yet gotten his prosthetic leg, he still holds firm that “nothing before its time”.

The youngster was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma, an aggressive bone cancer found predominantly in children and had hip disarticulation amputation last Good Friday.

He is currently undergoing chemotherapy and had hoped to receive a prosthetic leg for his birthday tomorrow.

 Javier Anderson

Javier Anderson

When he was interviewed by Stabroek News last month, the spunky cancer survivor, who is in good spirits, had expressed some frustration that he had finally learned to swim and then lost his leg to cancer. “I want to be back in the water and be able to swim again and play cricket …and you know I will. I just know I will. All I need is a leg,” he had said.

However when Stabroek News caught up with him yesterday the prosthesis was not yet a reality, as donations had not reached the amount that was needed, although several pledges have been made.

“Not as yet but nothing before its time …we have had many donations and the support we are grateful for but the leg is a lot of money but I am sure we will,” were the lad’s words yesterday .

When this newspaper first highlighted his story in early May, his mother had said that it would cost around $500,000 but this was just a figure she had quoted  …..To continue reading, login or subscribe now.

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