A YOUNG Johannesburg man is fighting for his life and in doing so might pioneer something spectacular in South Africa – something that others will greatly benefit from in the future.
“I am brightly talented, courageously strong, intellectually inclined, humble in spirit, passionate at heart and a down-to-earth young Christian man filled with many wonderful hopes and dreams. I am full of potential, willing to do whatever it takes to succeed and thrive in this magnificent world that we live in.
I am a ball of joy, a burst of beautiful energy and a character always daring to take risks with the belief that I can change the world for the better.” This is from Kyle Nhlapo, a boy of Fourways High School who lead a relatively ordinary life until a seemingly trivial knock to his knee in November 2017 changed his life forever. A taxi, in which he was a passenger, had to employ swift evasive manoeuvres to avoid a violent collision with a car in front of it.
The vigorous braking had the occupants jerk about quite ferociously. Nobody was seriously hurt, but Kyle thumped his left knee against an exposed metal bar. Though the bump caused severe discomfort, Kyle wrote it off as something trivial – unlikely to turn into anything more malignant than a bruise. As the weeks passed the pain remained, though only slightly, and it felt like the injury was getting better. Then things got worse.
“Towards the end of that December I started noticing how much pain my knee was in and I knew something was wrong. There was a time when I went up some stairs and I couldn’t make it to the top without more and more pain.” A point came where Kyle couldn’t even walk without the assistance of crutches; the pain had become unbearable, and what looked like a bit of swelling on his knee eventually grew to the size of a soccer ball.
His mother took him to hospital on January 8, 2018, and there doctors suspected a bone tumour. This was later confirmed after MRI and CT scans; a biopsy later confirmed what doctors feared and Kyle was subsequently diagnosed with osteosarcoma – a rare form of bone cancer. Chemotherapy and surgery (it seemed at the time) was the only solution, although surgery would only reduce the size of the tumour.
The chemo took a hefty toll on his body; he vomited all the time, he could not concentrate and the taste of food became terribly unpleasant. His only refuge was sleep, which he did all the time. Kyle and his mother were desperate for another way to remedy his affliction – the conventional means of treating cancer simply weren’t working.
“My mother and I then discovered alternative ways of treating this disease. In the month of May we went to a homeopath and got some remedies we could use that would work for me. The results were amazing in the first couple of months to the point that I could even go off my crutches and start walking again. The tumour also reduced in size. My body started gaining strength again and I could do more than I could before like driving around and even playing sports.”
It wasn’t a permanent solution though. In November the pain and swelling returned – rather aggressively. Pain killers helped a little, but nothing seemed able to reduce the size of the tumour. At one point Kyle faced the horrific prospect of his leg being amputated. Another alternative was needed. A little research found hope again.
“Our breakthrough came when my mother and I discovered this amazing clinic called ‘AltMedCare International Clinic’. The clinic provides a new era in cancer treatments. They offer a wide range of natural therapies and treatments to treat this dreadful disease. One of their main treatments is oncolytic viro-immuno therapy (OVIT), which is a type of cancer treatment that uses a virus with the potential to halt the uncontrollable growth or even destroy cancer cells.”
This is the world’s first clinically approved and registered oncolytic virus, and could cure Kyle’s terminal cancer. The problem with this treatment though, like many other cancer treatments, is that it is prohibitively expensive and medical aids in our country will not cover the costs. The viro-immunotherapy (Rigvir) was researched and developed in Latvia, some 15 000km away, and though not available in South Africa, it can be brought over; what’s more, fate would have it that there is one doctor in this country, Dr Steven Gunn, who has been trained in Latvia to use Rigvir – but it all comes with a rather steep price tag…
Pay It Forward
THE cost of this ground-breaking method is between R480 000 (three months) and R790 000 (six months) for full and intensive treatment. On Monday, March 11, Kyle was interviewed by Jeremy Mansfield live on Mansfield In The Morning on Hot 91.9FM to share his story. During the interview, he was delighted to receive a donation of R125 000, from Hot Cares (Hot 91.9FM) and Montecasino. Hot Cares policy ensures that all donations are paid to the supplier or doctor directly to ensure that the funds are utilised for the maximum benefit. Kyle’s fundraising still has a way to go, though, so if you would like to support him with a further donation, send an e-mail to [email protected] or Kyle himself on [email protected] for further information.