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Tragic Loss of Young Student to Cancer; Lawsuit Against School Dismissed

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Tragic Loss of Young Student to Cancer; Lawsuit Against School Dismissed

A tragic series of events unfolded as a 12-year-old student, referred to as F, from SDN Jatimulya 09 in Tambun Selatan, Bekasi, breathed their last in the early hours of Thursday, December 7, 2023. F lost a relentless battle against bone cancer, a fight so intense that it demanded the amputation of one of their limbs. The child's health had been on a steady decline, especially in the three days preceding their untimely passing, characterized by a severe struggle with breathing.

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The Unforgiving Grip of Illness

According to Mila Ayu Dewata, the attorney representing the distressed family, F's condition deteriorated speedily after their discharge from RS Dharmais in Jakarta Barat, where they had been receiving treatment. Despite attempts to ease the respiratory distress, which included continuous oxygen supply and isolation at Rumah Sakit Hermina Bekasi Barat, F's lungs were found to be infiltrated with fluid, a grim testament to the cancer's relentless spread.

A Heartbreaking Turn of Events

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The narrative took a sorrowful turn following a bullying incident in February 2023. F suffered an injury to their leg due to a sliding action by another pupil. The wound failed to heal despite medical attention, prompting further investigations that led to the shocking discovery of the cancer.

A Family's Painful Loss

The family, having exhausted all possible treatment routes, bore the painful loss of F, who passed away at 02:15 WIB. This heartbreaking chronicle underscores the dire consequences of unchecked bullying and the urgent need for comprehensive and empathetic healthcare for children battling severe illnesses.

In a separate but related incident, a lawsuit alleging Bradley County Schools' denial of ADA rights to a cancer-stricken child has been dismissed. The lawsuit claimed that a 7-year-old student battling kidney cancer was denied an extension for homebound instruction. The school district offered a virtual program as an alternative, which the parents declined, prompting them to file the lawsuit. In response, the school district affirmed their commitment to ensuring quality education for all students, regardless of their health conditions.

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