Meet Retaj, aka ReFroze
The coolest superhero yet
Ever since Retaj was born in Kuwait almost eight years ago, she has blessed the world with her smiles and laughter. The magical twinkle in Retaj’s eyes still continues to glisten, despite first coming to GOSH in 2012 and returning again in 2017 for treatment for neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1), a genetic condition that caused a tumour to grow near her optic nerve. She is courageous and brave, with a strong compassion for people.
Whilst at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children (GOSH) in London, Retaj spoke of her love for superpowers and all things enchanted. Although being at hospital is far from a fairy-tale for any child, Retaj still manages to keep her enthusiasm for life and imagination alive with the help of her family and GOSH nurses and doctors. This is where Retaj’s unique ice power came to life and her ice princess alter-ego ‘ReFroze’ was born.
ReFroze has the warmest of hearts, yet her power is as cool as can be. Even during the darkest and snowiest of days in London, Retaj can still see the true beauty of ice by creating the most mesmerising ice sculptures. Whether she’s in London or Kuwait, ReFroze thrills and dazzles her friends with her magical ability to transform her surroundings into a winter wonderland that all can enjoy.
During Superhope, Retaj was an outpatient and had to visit the hospital for appointments at least once a week, sometimes more often, for many months. Superhope gave her the opportunity to focus on something exciting while she had to come to the hospital. “It is a beautiful event for us and Retaj was so excited and happy!” Retaj’s mum explains. “She felt so proud that she could be an ice princess and she kept talking about that for several days.”
“I loved the Superhope experience and I am very happy and excited! I want to do it again,” Retaj said.