OES – Operation enfant soliel
When he was 9 years old, Jean-Gilles, an otherwise healthy child with boundless energy, developed an intense fever. After several blood tests and a lumbar puncture, he was found to have acute myeloid leukemia. For Jean-Gilles and his family, this news devastated them. It was as though the world stopped turning. His illness was very aggressive and required a bone marrow transplant to save his life. The following year, a relapse occurred and Jean-Gilles had to receive another bone marrow transplant to save his life a second time.
Jean-Gilles’ illness had many impacts on his physical condition and his mental health. He lived in isolation at the hospital for more than two and a half years. Chemotherapy weakened his bones, heart, lungs and tooth enamel.
Jean-Gilles has already inspired thousands of people with his courage, his strength and his good mood despite his condition. Jean-Gilles has kept smiling and celebrated his two-year remission in September 2018.