Meet Hana: A Cancer Fighter Who Loves to Play

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and we are sharing stories about patients who inspire us.


Hana Elzohairy, 1, was diagnosed at birth with transient myeloproliferative disorder, a condition that commonly progresses to Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML).

She was treated with chemotherapy as a newborn and visited Children’s Hospital regularly for monitoring.

In February 2018, Hana was again diagnosed with myeloproliferative disorder. But today, after five cycles of chemotherapy and a combined 80 nights in the hospital, she is officially cancer free. She now regularly visits our hematology clinic for lab tests.

“I would like to thank all the doctors and nurses at Women’s and Children’s Hospital for saving Hana’s life,” said Dina Sobeh, Hana’s mom. “They are working with patients not only as professionals, but also as a mission of mercy and humanity. I appreciate their kindness.”

Dina said Barbara Gruner, MD, Venkataraman Ramachandran, MD, and nurses Kim Ennis and Margaret Heller all played pivotal roles in caring for Hana as she battled cancer. She said Hana is a “happy baby who has overcome all of the stress she has encountered,” and she especially enjoys playing with the other kids during her visits to Children’s Hospital.

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