Search

Four-year-old with rare syndrome sees dream of dancing with ballerina come true

PUBLISHED: 16:00 16 September 2018

Leyana Baltaji in her ballet outfit. Picture: Richard House

Leyana Baltaji in her ballet outfit. Picture: Richard House

Richard House

Like many four-year-olds, Leyana Baltaji loves to dance - and dreamed of dancing with a real ballerina.

Now a special ballet workshop at Richard House Children’s Hospice has helped her dream come true.

Leyana, from Bow, has been attending the Beckton hospice since she was diagnosed with Jeune syndrome - a rare disease that affects her vital organs - as a baby.

Her dad Luay said: “Leyana loves going to Richard House. She so enjoys the activities like the ballet workshop.

“Ballet is her passion and to dance with a real ballerina was a dream come true for Leyana.”

The tot dressed up in her tutu and ballet shoes to perform alongside the dancer - with the hospice capturing the moment on film for her family to treasure.

Mum Lubna said that the day had “given Leyana a huge amount of confidence” and that the youngster had been thrilled to watch herself on screen.

Latest East London News Stories

One thousand people left their offices following a basement blaze in Canary Wharf this afternoon.

13:06

Campaigners have finally sunk plans for the controversial Enderby Wharf cruise-liner terminal going ahead which would have polluted a huge swathe of the Thames and the Isle of Dogs.

11:00

An advice clinic set up as a temporary free service at Stratford following cuts to legal aid has won a funding contract for a permanent operation.

Yesterday, 18:00

Optician director Jayesh Maru has seen his way to the ancient mountain-top Inca capital of Machu Picchu and has found his way back to east London.

Yesterday, 13:36

Children have spent four years researching the life of a pupil at their school more than 100 years ago who was later awarded the Victoria Cross posthumously after being killed in the First World War.

Yesterday, 09:54

Small businesses occupying railway arches in east London facing crippling rent rises as much as 350 per cent have been promised a tenants’ charter to safeguard their trading.

Yesterday, 09:00

The indie/folk band Bon Iver will close the second All Points East festival with a headline gig in Victoria Park on Sunday June 2.

Mon, 18:00

Live TV cameras are going behind the scenes at the Royal London Hospital to record how surgeons operate.

PROMOTED CONTENT

Are you a landlord looking for a fixed rental income, paid whether the property is empty or not? Steve Westley, general manager at estate agents Elliot Leigh, explains their Guaranteed Rent Scheme and how it takes the stress out of letting your property.

Newsletter Sign Up

East London Advertiser twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read news

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Docklands and East London Advertiser
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now