Dr Nestori, assistant and Kikongo
INCTR’s project to provide treatment for children with Burkitt lymphoma in Africa is moving forward at a rapid rate. We have treated approximately 30 children since the campaign began, and the majority of them are doing well. Doctors and nurses continue to become more familiar with all aspects of the diagnosis and care of these patients, who can be very sick indeed when they reach the hospital.
Little Kigongo (name changed for privacy purposes), for example, had a huge tumor involving her lower jaw when she reached the hospital, and could not eat any solid food. Within a few days (see picture) her tumor had melted away, and she was able to eat again. Her mother was overjoyed to see her playing with the other children again.
Unfortunately, most children with Burkitt lymphoma never reach a hospital, and we are trying to develop ways in which we can ensure that more have access to treatment by health professionals with the necessary knowledge to save the lives of patients like Kigongo. Please continue to give generously to the Kigongo’s of this world, who, without your help, would die a miserable, excruciating death, but with it, can live a normal life and even have children of their own.
Thank you all for your support!