Author(s): Lisa Venables
Lisa Venables faced every parent's nightmare when she rushed her eleven-month-old daughter Zali to hospital on Saturday 2 May, 2009. After a barrage of tests, little Zali was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called Langerhan's cell histiocytosis, or LCH. A cancer extremely hard to treat and resistant to chemotherapy. Lisa and her husband Andrew were told that survival rates were low and that they should plan for Zali's funeral. She had just six weeks to live. It was the beginning of a journey of heartache and bravery as Zali battled for every new day. Then with only hours left, a controversial treatment was proposed to save Zali's life. What happened next was a medical miracle that proved that the extraordinary is possible. This is a story of courage, faith and the strength of a mother's love.
Lisa Venables is a former policewoman with the Victoria Police. She now works for the emergency services. She lives in New South Wales with her family.