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Farewell, little Sufyaan

Five year old Sufyaan Oostendorp who touched many hearts has passed on. After braving a lengthy battle with leukaemia, the little boy took his last breath on Monday afternoon. Despite pushing bravely over the years, Sufyaan relapsed at the beginning of the year and sadly, could not receive the bone marrow transplant he was due for in January.

Speaking to VOC on Tuesday, his mother, Nuraan Oostendorp was emotional as she recalled his last few weeks.

“At this moment in time, I miss him a lot. No words can describe what I am feeling,” said a tearful Nuraan.

Despite his condition worsening, his smile never faded. The parents were given the option of having him undergo treatment once again or spending his last few months at home. The parents decided to keep him at home and little Sufyaan fought till the end. He was laid to rest on Monday evening.

“What I carry with me is his confident smile,” Nuraan recalled.

When asked how he was feeling, he would always reply “I am Algamdulillaah” no matter how severe the pain was.
In his last few days Sufyaan had experienced some swelling but the swelling had gone down and he had “so muchNur” (Light) on his face, his mother explained.

In order to help their five year old son, the Mitchells Plain family hosted many fundraisers. From selling boerewors rolls, hosting high teas and hosting a zumba session, their events were well supported.

Over the years, VOC listeners too responded with messages and duas for the family.

“Our love and well wishes to the Oostendorp family on the passing of little Sufyaan. May Allah SWT grant him and all our deceased Jannah tul Firdous. Aameen,” said one listener.

In memory of her son, Nuraan requested that VOC play Maher Zain’s “So Soon”.

VOC (Quaanita Satardien)

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