|Our campaign is continuing to go well with our overall total so far at £10,711 including gift aid. ‘Thank you’ so much to all our donors so far.|
Our official target is £14,000 but any donations over this amount will be hugely beneficial to enable our ongoing patient care, so please continue to donate and/or share this newsletter via email or social media with your family & friends.
|Remember … donations between now and noon on 7th December will be DOUBLED!!|
|Flora is 14 years old and in primary school. Her mother died a few years ago and left her and four other young siblings in the care of her grandmother who is a small scale farmer.|
Flora’s problems started in 2020 when she noticed on several occasions that her right breast was growing bigger than the left. Her friends told her that this was normal and therefore she didn’t bother to say anything to her grandmother.
|As time went by Flora realised that the breast was still getting bigger and bigger but for with no pain. This is when she informed her grandmother who took her to Salima District Hospital for medical care. Nothing much happened on the first three visits apart from getting a pain killer although pain wasn’t a problem. Flora and her grandmother were advised to go back home and wait for a phone call inviting them to be seen by visiting surgeons which did not happen. Three months later her grandmother started looking for alternatives and heard about NdiMoyo. She took Flora to NdiMoyo. Meanwhile, the breast had grown bigger and more noticeable to many so much so that she was feeling embarrassed when people looked at her. And her friends started mocking her.|
|When Flora and her granny arrived at NdiMoyo, they looked miserable and stressed but the team welcomed them with love and compassion. Her grandmother explained how frustrating their encounter with the hospital was. NdiMoyo team scheduled Flora for a review by the visiting Oncologist who sent her for further investigations in Lilongwe (capital of Malawi with a big regional referral hospital). This was the beginning of a series of visits Flora made to get a complete cure. Every month she visited Lilongwe under the escort of her granny and each round trip costed around GBP15. NdiMoyo supported her granny with transport as well to ensure that Flora did not miss any appointment.|
|The results of the test showed that Flora had a non-cancerous mass and it needed to be removed. Despite being a minor she received the news with great courage and hoping for the best. NdiMoyo team was a great source of psychosocial and spiritual support. She courageously underwent surgery and the mass was successfully removed with mild after pains. On their return from the hospital, they were all smiles. Flora was looking so bright. She looked so much normal. Her granny was all praises and thanked the team for taking up their problems with seriousness.Today, Flora is a happy normal young girl. Against all odds she didn’t stop going to school all the time she was on treatment. To the surprise of many she has been on first position during the two previous terms. In January she will be going into Grade 5 and she aspires to become a nurse when she completes her education.Through NdiMoyo, Flora regained her normal physical appearance and self-esteem.|
|Ndi Moyo’s Road to Relieving Psychosocial Pain|
|It was one afternoon in 2016 during a home visit when Lufani, the father of the patient we had gone to see was also realised to be suffering from a chronic illness. He had been a policeman before he retired and supported his daughter who had HIV/AIDS in the early days of the epidemic but later died of cervical cancer. Her death had devastated him so much and his condition deteriorated. On every visit we made he would mention his daughters name in the conversations. He missed her a lot.|
|WC arrived at Ndi Moyo in a very poor condition and unbearable pain. Following a thorough assessment he started on liquid morphine that controlled his longstanding pain. This was a big relief and he was puzzled by this “wonder” medicine that brought him peace after a pain filled year of suffering. He was happy he had found medical staff who took care of his psycho social and spiritual needs too, without any prejudice. Once more he felt accepted by those around him.|
One day in 2014, WC decided to bid farewell to the Ndi Moyo team go back to his original home. No sooner had he left the symptoms of cancer resurfaced. He came back to Salima and told the team how he couldn’t live a dignified life without Ndi Moyo’s support. In his own words he said ““You are my family, I belong here, and I am so lucky to have found this place”. The team continued with his care and support and now his pain is once again under control.
Today, WC is back on his feet doing light work in his garden and able to fend for himself. Recently, he brought the Ndi Moyo Clinical team a present of 25kg of rice from his fields in appreciation of the team’s efforts in supporting him holistically. WC would not have come to stay in Salima if it was not for the quality of care that he received from Ndi Moyo. Story by Linly Chitete
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