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Kasungu girl with brain tumour in need of medical help

Written by  Vincent Khonje

Kasungu, October 4: A 15- year-old girl Tereza Nkhata of Chinthinda Village Sub Traditional Authority (STA) Mnyanja is in need of support to enable her go for treatment in South Africa after it has been learnt that she has a tumour in her head.

The tumor has caused her lose sight, her legs are paralyzed to the effect that she cannot sit upright.

Narrating the whole story to Malawi News Agency (Mana) her Mother Hilda Ngoma said the problem started in 2011 when she complained of headache.

“Tereza was born a normal child and initially had no health problems, until in 2011 when she fell ill and complained of headache,

“At the hospital where she was taken for treatment, clinicians said Tereza was suffering from pneumonia. She was assisted with some drugs, but unfortunately it did not help. Terza developed itching in her eyes: that led to her losing her sight,” explained Ngoma.

The mother further explained that with the help of a priests at Bowe Parish in Kasungu, she was taken to Africa Bible College (ABC) Clinic in Lilongwe where she was diagnosed with a tumour inside her head and that she needed a surgery that could only be undertaken in South Africa.

According to Tereza’s mother, she was learning at Chanjobvu Primary School and was to go in Standard 6 this academic year.

“We would be glad to see her go to South Africa for treatment but we cannot afford to pay for the trip and medical care. We appeal to well wishers to help us,” Tereza’s mother.

Plan Malawi’s Community Development Facilitator for Special Needs Education (Kasungu Planning Area) Twaha Silaji said the girl’s situation is bad as she cannot enjoy two rights every child has.

“The girl cannot enjoy her rights to education and also her rights to good health and the situation is really not good,” said Silaji.

Silaji also appealed for help on the young girl. The ABC hospital administrators were not able to come up with a figure of the needed money for the treatment in South Africa.

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