MALACCA: There will be double joy for nine-year-old cancer survivor Luisa Doreen de Mello from the Portuguese settlement this coming Christmas.
Not only is she looking forward to spending her first Christmas at home with her family, but the bubbly Lusia also won the first runner-up prize in a Kristang (local Portuguese creole) poetry recital contest at the village in Ujong Pasir during the weekend.
Luisa, who was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2006, had been spending most of her Christmas holidays in hospital during her four years of treatment.
She has reportedly recovered and only needs to undergo follow-up checks every three months.
A beaming Luisa, who was dressed in a white satin tulle gown with angelic headgear, was presented with a plaque by Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam for her effort.
Luisa said she had fun reciting the poem titled Tresti Di Anoiti (Silent Night).
“I want to share this joy with my parents. I also want to thank my Kristang language teacher Barbara Camdeias for guiding me,” she said when met on Sunday.
Luisa said she wanted to become a doctor and help to save the lives of others.
Mohd Ali and wife Datin Seri Asmah Abdul Rahman also handed out Christmas presents and goodies to about 400 children and 100 underprivileged people from the village who gathered for the annual Christmas Tree tea-party.
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