Queen and her Father Wave Good-bye to the Staff
Three-year old Queen and her family, originally from Sudan, are currently living in a refugee camp in Uganda following their displacement by the civil war in southern Sudan. In late June 2021, Queen experienced abdominal distention and pain that were managed by a health center. She was discharged after being given medication, but her condition continued to worsen. She returned to the health center with progressive abdominal distention and severe pain. She stayed at the health center for two more weeks, but after she had no improvement, she was referred to our hospital, St. Mary’s Hospital Lacor in northern Uganda for further investigations and management.
When Queen arrived at St. Mary’s on July 23, 2021, she was immediately admitted to our children’s cancer ward. Upon examination, her abdomen was grossly distended and tender to the touch. She was in such severe pain that she cried inconsolably. She also had respiratory distress. Blood work revealed that she was severely anemic. She required a blood transfusion and was given medications to manage her pain. We performed an abdominal ultrasound which showed a large solid mass in her left kidney. She underwent a biopsy of the renal mass that was positive for Wilms tumor. She was started on chemotherapy for this cancer at the beginning of August. Because her left kidney was totally non-functional, it was removed in October. She completed all therapy at the end of January 2022.
Her father remained with Queen at St. Mary’s throughout her entire course of treatment. We closely monitored Queen for side effects of chemotherapy, including infections. Unfortunately, Queen experienced many such effects and she had malaria several times – all of which resulted in treatment delays. She also contracted Covid-19 while in the hospital and was transferred to our Covid Treatment Unit for two weeks which further delayed her treatment and prolonged her hospital stay. But her father was committed to ensuring that Queen complete all planned therapy despite the many setbacks.
Prior to her discharge, Queen underwent additional scans which showed that she was in complete remission. Her father was so happy. He wishes to thank the dedicated team at St. Mary’s and all the donors who contribute to this project for their support. Thanks again for your generous donations that enable children like Queen to receive the highest quality treatment for cancer.