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Thursday, September 13, 2012

'You're very brave, and very handsome': Kate brings a smile to the face of terminally-ill boy when she gives him a birthday card at hospice

By REBECCA ENGLISH, ROYAL CORRESPONDENT IN KUALA LUMPUR

Zakwan Anuar, who has leukaemia, was so determined to meet the Duchess that he postponed a badly-needed blood transfusion for 24 hours

The Duchess of Cambridge brought a smile to the face of a terminally-ill boy at a hospice in Malaysia today.
Zakwan Anuar, who has acute leukaemia, had 'almost given up hope', according to his mother, and spends most of his days sleeping or crying with pain.
Catching sight of the Duchess, however, his face lit up in a way his mother feared she might never see again.
The 15-year-old was so determined to meet the Duchess that he postponed a badly-needed blood transfusion for 24 hours and put himself through extra pain so he would not miss her visit.

The Duchess chatted with Zakwan for 15 minutes before signing his birthday card and telling him he was 'very very brave' and 'very handsome'

Zakwan, who celebrated his birthday two days ago, summoned the strength to chat to the Duchess for around 15 minutes, telling her she was 'very pretty' as she signed a birthday card for him and told him he was 'very, very brave' and 'very handsome'.
His tearful mother, Norizan Sulong, said: 'It was as if the leukaemia had gone.'
The Duchess and the Duke of Cambridge were visiting Hospis Malaysia, the country’s largest centre for care of the terminally ill, on the south side of Kuala Lumpur.
The Duchess, who is patron of a children’s hospice charity in the UK, had specifically asked to visit Hospis Malaysia as part of the couple’s nine-day tour of the Far East, and chose the visit to make her first official speech on foreign soil.

Message of hope: The birthday greeting written by the Duchess to 15-year-old leukaemia patient Zakwan Anuar

She spoke of how 'lives can be transformed' through effective palliative care, and proved her own ability to bring about a transformation in the patients as soon as she arrived.
During a visit to a day room where four terminally-ill children were waiting to meet her, she sat next to Zakwan, who was asleep in his wheelchair when she walked into the room, but who became 'more animated than he has been for a long time' when the Duchess entered, according to his mother.
He welcomed the Duchess to Malaysia, and showed her two Agatha Christie books he had got for his birthday.
The Duchess asked him about his treatment and said: 'You must be very, very brave. Are you in pain? You’re a brave boy. Thank you so much for coming to see me.'

The Duke and Duchess had been asked to draw pictures on two clay tiles that will be hung in the foyer of the hospice

After signing his birthday card 'Happy Birthday Zakwan – Catherine', she said 'happy birthday for two days ago'. The teenager told her 'you’re very pretty' and she replied: 'Thank you. You’re very handsome.'
The Duke and Duchess had been asked to draw pictures on two clay tiles that will be hung in the foyer of the hospice along with others created by the families of patients who have been treated there as a way of celebrating their lives.
Zakwan said: 'The Duchess asked me what she should draw and I said "whatever makes you happy".'

Prince William chats to a young patient at the hospice. The couple spent about 15 minutes chatting to terminally-ill people being treated at the centre

She drew a tree with birds flying above it, while the Duke drew a rather less accomplished picture of Tom and Jerry.
Mrs Sulong, 47, a lecturer in business studies, said: 'Zakwan is normally very sleepy and in pain, crying, almost giving up hope, but today, my God, it was as if the leukaemia had gone.
'He is in more pain because he put off his blood transfusion and he needed a lot of painkillers, but I don’t see the need for that now. God bless her. I cannot repay that kindness.'

Art attack: The Duchess drew a tree with birds flying over it, left, while Prince William created a rather less accomplished picture of Tom and Jerry, right

Kate delivers her speech at Hospis Malaysia, left. The Royal couple, right, brought a smile to the faces of terminally-ill patients at the centre

source: dailymail



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