This is the moment a teenage leukaemia survivor sings at the window of her friend who is in hospital suffering from cancer before going into the department to sing for other patients.
The touching video was recorded at the Child Oncology Department Rebro in the Croatian capital Zagreb when 17-year-old Elma Tomic returned to the clinic to cheer up her friend Valentin, 16, who she became close with during her time recovering from leukaemia.
In the video, Tomic can be seen singing her friend’s favourite song – ‘Say You Won’t Let Go’ by British singer James Arthur with a friend strumming the guitar.
Valentin can be seen in a hospital bed at the window as Tomic blows bubbles and sings for her friend who is visibly touched. The musicians then move into the clinic and sing as they hug Valentin who is accompanied by other sick children.
Tomic added the caption: “With this video, I want to give you a bit of an introduction to everything I’m talking about, and the big difference is when you’re just reading and seeing.
“This is my department, you could say my second home… the idea was that I would only sing his favourite song to my friend Valentin outside his window, however, the children from the department wanted me to go in and sing inside, so we sang!”
Tomic and Valentin met at the Oncology Department and Tomic is now in remission but her friend’s illness is back. Valentin is waiting for a transplant and treatment at the hospital and his friend wanted to give him strength with her performance.
Tomic told reporters: “He noticed I was new, in that department as soon as someone comes with hair they know they are new. And he saw that I wasn’t feeling well, so he tried to help me He is truly wonderful, extremely empathetic and gives a lot to others.
“So we kind of connected, and we found a lot of common interests, in addition to the department where we were both staying. For example, we both love sports, we love motors and fast driving, so we had common themes to talk about.
“He is like my little brother who is very mature for his age, so I can talk to him about anything.”
Speaking of her treatment she said: “It was known to be very difficult. I was treated according to the protocol for leukaemia, I went through three cycles of chemotherapy for two and a half months, with short breaks. There were very uncomfortable situations, pain, before each therapy I went for a lumbar puncture, but there was no other option for me other than to fight and fight.”
She has been in remission since April and has returned to school. She has been acting for seven years and loves to write. She is already writing a book about everything she has been through.
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Story By: Ana Marjanovic, Sub-Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Central European News
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