When Rida Haidar left Venezuela and migrated to this country with his two sons, he planned on doing whatever he had to, to give them the best life possible, no matter the sacrifices.
“I work construction I never work construction in Venezuela, I kill chicken, I broomed the street,” Haidar said with tears in his eyes.
“You have to like run from there to come here, it’s not a choice, you can’t do anything there, it have no help no food,” Haidar’s sister Lismar Velasquez added.
It was a plan that was coming together as Haidar told Guardian Media his family was happily building a life here. But just as the dust settled for Haidar’s family, his 14-year-old son got ill.
“Geroge start to get sick two-three months now and he drink antibiotics and it doesn’t fix nothing,” Haidar said.
Geroge’s relatives took the teenager to the San Fernando General where he did a biopsy. The result showed that the teenager had Hodgkin lymphoma, a type of lymphoma in which cancer originates from specific white blood cells called lymphocytes.
Symptoms may include fever, night sweats, and weight loss.
Often there will be non-painful enlarged lymph nodes in the neck, under the arm, or in the groin.
“He’s real sad and doesn’t like to eat and he has fever all the time,” Velasquez said.
George’s relatives told Guardian Media that since his diagnosis the teen has not been the same. With tears in his eyes, the father described his teenage son as someone who is always happy.
LINK ORIGINAL: The Trinidad Guardian