Ndi Moyo visits Lemson at home because he is now too sick to attend our outpatient clinic. Lemson is dying of oesophageal cancer. Lemson’s grandmother is caring for him while Lemson’s wife works in the fields. His children, nieces and nephews play outside when Ndi Moyo visits.
Lemson cannot eat so Ndi Moyo gives him steroids to reduce the inflammation around the tumours in his throat, morphine to control his pain, and milk powder so he can take in some nutrition. Lemson’s cancer means that he is starving. We bring him a hospital-grade mattress and do everything we can to make him comfortable in his last days of life.