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Breast cancer patient on cusp of death; needs help
From: Ghana | Myjoyonline.com| Anny Osabutey          Published On: February 4, 2013, 13:55 GMT
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Breast cancer patient on cusp of death; needs help

Catherine Eakeji, sitting behind her kiosk

A 42-year-old breast cancer patient is in desperate need of medical attention to save her life. Catherine Eakeji whose left breast is swollen with a sore is appealing to the public for help.

Joy News’s Anny Osabutey visited her at a home at Ashongman, a suburb of Accra and reports the woman is in dire need of help.

Frail, pale, malnourished, Catherine Eakeji, with swollen feet, hails from the Volta Region. She coils herself in a blue plastic chair near a wooden kiosk, which serves as home to herself and her 9-year old son.

Ms. Eakeji 42, is suffering from breast cancer, which started one year ago. Her left breast is badly sored. Her visit to Korle Bu Teaching hospital did not yield much. She tells me through the pain.

“I have difficulty breathing and that’s my problem. I cough a lot and anytime I eat I throw up and every part of my body hurts. It hurts really bad. It is only today that I’m somewhat feeling slightly better,” she said.

“I was bed-ridden when I came back. I couldn’t walk, and couldn’t do anything. I was back at Korle Bu and they gave me medicines. But my feet are swollen, my stomach is equally swollen.

Unable to raise 200 cedis required for a scan at the hospital, Catherine says she resorted to herbal treatment, but that did not yield much.

“At the moment they’re asking I bring four people to donate blood for me. They are requesting I pay two hundred Ghana cedis but I don’t have the money. I don’t have a family to support me… it is the church that is offering some assistance,” Kate said, sobbing.

Catherine’s body size has significantly shrunk, making it difficult to accept she is 42. The situation has forced her nine year old son into a position of adulthood. The pain has left her struggling for breath.

I asked her what her major wish is and she looked directly into my eyes and with a tear in my own eyes, she says “I want to get my health back so I can cater for my son.”

You can get in touch with the reporter on 0244986029 to help Catherine.

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