|A widow in Kisumu is nursing her 14 year old girl who is battling a rare cancer disease that plucked her from school last year.|
Dorothy Awuor Abala says her class seven primary school daughter started experiencing pain in her tooth while in school.
Abala who hails from Rangumo, Kolwa Central in Kisumu East Sub County says the disease which is at its first stage affected the education of her daughter.
She says that after running several tests, her daughter was diagnosed by rhabdomyosarcoma type of cancer.
Rhabdomyosarcoma is an aggressive and highly malignant form of cancer that develops from skeletal muscle cells that have failed to fully differentiate.
It is generally considered to be a disease of childhood, as the vast majority of cases occur in those below the age of 18.
Abala says her daughter has not eaten any solid food since the advent of the disease, only surviving on fluids.
She says that while in schools she would rush out of class in the middle of a lesson due to pain.
“Her sickness began around December last year and around January 2020, often I was called in school that my daughter is sick,” he said.
Over time, she was called to pick her daughter from school since she could not even eat, which affected her education greatly.
Seeking medication, doctors thought it was a tooth problem but with time a growth sprouted next to the teeth.
Abala who lost her husband 13 years ago says she was left with two daughters, the sick daughter being the last born.
As a business lady, she was unable to seek specialized medicine for her daughter and with more pain; she reached out to friends to assist in medication.
“I want to appreciate my friends, who came to my assistance. The several trips I have made to different hospitals, for checkups and various tests, I owe to them,” she said
She was advised to take her daughter to Moi Teaching and Referral hospital in Eldoret, where there is a comprehensive cancer care unit.
She says that funds were then mobilized by friends who acquired her National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) which will mature in three months according to the regulations.
Abala says she made several trips to Eldoret to have her daughter undergo several tests which later confirmed that she has cancer.
She is currently admitted at the facility undergoing 12 weeks chemotherapy.
“I will have to stay with her here at the hospital, the doctor told us that she will monitor her for one month, in the event of an improvement, we will be discharged and make follow up on the doctor’s visit,” she said.
Abala is now staring at the huge hospital bill which she says might be too costly for her.
She has reached out for help from the local leaders and singled out her MCA George Olwal for coming in handy to help.
“There are a number of medications that will be required including surgery based on the doctor’s recommendation, but I want to rest everything in the hands of the Lord,” she said.
She has sent out an appeal from other well wishers to come to her aid to help her daughter.
By LTN Reporter