—–The Simumba family of Kabwe district in Central province is appealling to government and other well-wishers to help their daughter, Royce Namumba to go for specialist treatment abroad.
Apparently, Royce Namumba has been battling with a chronic cancerous tumour in her right knee for the past two years now.
What started as a mere itchy sensation two years ago has now grown into an excruciating cancerous tumour in the right knee of the 14 year old Grade 10 pupil of Solwezi Technical Secondary school.
The problem started in November of 2011 and Royce has had to live with it from that time to date.
And now, it is apparent that Royce is on the verge of losing her right leg owing to the nagging cancerous tumour that attacked her at a very tender age and this is despite her visiting many of the renowned medical institutions in Zambia.
“We have so far, gone to the Solwezi General Hospital, Kitwe Central Hospital and recently went to UTH where we were told that the only solution is amputation of the leg… which I and my family initially did not approve,” lamented the girl.
She further stressed the problem of mobility, stating that with the current growth state of the tumour, she is finding it hard to make movements, hence, an ardent need for the provision of a wheelchair by government or other well-wishers.
Meanwhile, her mother, Olipa Namumba, lamented that the family is unable to raise the required funds to enable her daughter to be evacuated for specialist treatment.
And she further lamented that the only source of income the family had was through their leased house in Solwezi which unfortunately, was guttered down by fire hence, their current financial disability.
“Deservedly, Royce just like any other child in the country has the right to quality medical health care and it is therefore quite disheartening that as her parents, we cannot manage to raise the required funds,” she said.
Currently, the Simumba family is being kept by a relative in Kabwe following the sweeping away of their house in Solwezi, by a merciless inferno.