Teenage girl appeals for help for medical treatment

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A 14-year old girl with a health condition in Nchelenge district of Luapula province has appealed to government, private organisations and individuals for financial assistance to seek specialised treatment.

Esnart Bwalya, a double orphan of Chilongoshi village in chief Kambwali’s area, made the appeal in an interview with the Zambia News and Information Services (ZANIS) in Nchelenge recently.

Bwalya, who was visibly in great pain, said she was referred to the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) in Lusaka a month ago but her aunt, who is keeping her, has failed to raise money for transport, upkeep and other expenses.

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The juvenile, who was flanked by the aunt and the grandmother, complained of severe pain and that she experiences intermittent vomiting, seizures and bleeding through the ears.

She said she has suffered for the past three years adding that she would be grateful for any financial help by the government, private institutions or individuals to enable her seek specialized treatment at the UTH.

And the guardian to the girl Everlyn Kabaso, a single mother of three who is also looking after three other orphans, said any help that would facilitate the movement of her niece for specialized treatment will be appreciated.

Ms. Kabaso said the past three years has been tormenting for her niece who had to endure the excruciating pain because of her health condition.

She said the ailment has also affected her niece’s growth as she experiences difficulties to eat and that she has since stopped going to school.

She observed that the girl’s condition has worsened despite the past medical and divine interventions.