Chimango had Burkitt lymphoma – a cancer of the lymphatic system. He was treated at the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) in Blantyre for 3 months. When we met him he was on his final cycle of chemotherapy and was nearly ready to go back to his village. He is from the northern region of Malawi where he lives with his mother, father, and five siblings – three brothers and two sisters.
Chimango’s mother – Tiwonge - first noticed there was something wrong with her son when his neck became swollen and swore. Chimango progressively became sicker with fever and flu type symptoms. He was nauseous, constantly tired, and would wake up sweating. His mother took him to the local clinic where they referred to a hospital in Lilongwe. After several tests Chimango was sent to QECH with suspected Burkitt lymphoma.
Over 3 months Chimango received the treatment he needed from the hard-working and dedicated medical staff at QECH. He responded well to his chemotherapy and doctors are hopeful he will make a full recovery. Tiwonge is extremely thankful for the medicine her son has received but life has been hard on the ward and she was constantly worried about money. Tiwonge left behind her severely disabled husband who cannot work and is heavily reliant on Chimango’s brothers who earn a small amount of money farming their land. When the rains come their land can be flooded and their crops destroyed, leaving the family with very little to survive on. All three of the brothers would like to find alternative work but there are few employment opportunities in their village and they have had little opportunity to access education.
Chimango and Tiwonge were both looking forward to going back home. Chimango was excited to go back to school and Tiwonge was eager to help out on the farm.
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