Johan “Tjoppie” Fourie is a 10-year-old cancer survivor. With the love and support of his parents, Corne and Johan, he faced his illness and continues to get stronger with every passing year. 

Johan “Tjoppie” Fourie from Pretoria North started the 2019 school year as an active, healthy Grade three boy. He is the eldest child of Johan snr and Corné and big brother of Sené, who is in Grade 1. Johan and his friends from Laerskool Stephanus Roos love playing rugby and cricket. At the end of July 2019, Johan developed a fever – his mom took him to the hospital, where he was treated with antibiotics. His condition however didn’t improve and his mom took Johan back to the doctor. The diagnosis was a shock: Johan had aggressive Leukemia. He received three chemo sessions a week and at the end of August, Johan was in remission. All he had to do to leave the hospital, was get up and walk. Johan got out of bed, but collapsed into a coma for two weeks. He was diagnosed with a brain virus and Guillain-Barré syndrome.

READ: Good Morning Angels: Young boy fights Leukemia and Guillain-Barré syndrome

With the help of Roman’s Pizza, Johan could give back to a family facing a similar situation and change their lives.  

Tune in to Omgee-Engele, this Wednesday 23 September at 18:00.  

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