Most parents would go to the ends of the Earth to save their child – and Rene Nel is no exception.

Her daughter Linke was just 14 months old when she came down with a case of pneumonia that antibiotics could not treat. At the time of her illness, their family had been living on a rural farm in South Africa. But when the test results came back, doctors immediately told them to drive to the nearest hospital, which was about 4 hours away.

Linke was then diagnosed with leukemia. After six months of chemotherapy, it was around Christmas that the doctors told the family that Linke would not live to see her second birthday.

Rene, on the other hand, refused to believe it.

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“As any parent would, when you’re told your child is going to die, I just couldn’t accept that, I thought I’d fight with everything until the end and there has to be something out there, there has to be some treatment that could help Linke,” the mother told Weekend Today.

She then ran a Google search for treatments that could help her daughter. She emailed 130 doctors until – 24 hours later – she received a response from Dr. Luciano Dalla-Pozza at Westmead Hospital, in Sydney, Australia telling her to get on a plane and come to the hospital.

Even though it was a hard decision, Rene, her husband, and their three other children all moved to Australia so that Linke could be enrolled in a clinical trial for an experimental therapy.

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After just one month of treatment, Linke was in remission. Not only that, but she just celebrated her birthday as a healthy 6-year-old girl.

“I see life in a total different way,’’ says Rene. “I’m thankful for the smallest things, even the naughty bits. Every day in the life of Linke is remarkable. Just the way she jumps up and does a ballet turn, and a little curtsy afterwards, the thankfulness you have towards that is just…it’s an everyday thing.’’

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  1. What a lovely story – all good wishes to this family & may Linke have many happy years of life. It shows that noone should ever say there is no hope – many diseases are curable via a different approach, and a lot of that is because every human is different & our bodies are much more complicated than even the medical world understands. Pride in their own expertise stops many medical people from having an open mind, and Big Pharma pushes for you to use THEIR products, making it hard for those wishing to try new ideas. What this mum did was entirely the right way to view the situation ! In some places people are even being taken to court over their choices of treatment !

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