Bridging the gap to specialty care for children from remote villages
An 8-year old boy arrives at a clinic after experiencing abdominal pain and swelling for over 3 months. Brian's spleen is removed, and he is diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma Nodular Sclerosis. He must travel to a larger hospital in a city hours away from his home to receive treatment. His father overwhelmed with the fact that he cannot pay for transportation and medical care, deserts the family. 2-4 Life Project receives an email from one of the nurses at the clinic asking if we can assist Brain. Our support covers transportation costs to and from the hospital, meals, and nutritious foods at home for Brian. He has completed 3 rounds of chemotherapy and is home recovering.
After suffering for years with throat infections, doctors told Immaculate's grandmother that she required surgery, something they could not afford. We covered the costs of a simple tonsillectomy and took away her pain, She is now focused on school.
Born in a house made of mud and straw with a dirt floor, Derrick had medical issues from his first breath. His family was unable to offer him immediate medical care due to lack of money. It took days before he would be taken to a public hospital one hour away. There he was given basic care which did not address his two protruding hernias. After a year, and with growth of the hernias, Derrick struggled due to his great pain.
2-4 Life Project intervened and Derrick was taken to a private hospital, where he spent one month being treated for malnutrition, had surgery for his hernias, and received additional care for other concerns.
Our team conducts follow up visits with Derrick and we keep a watchful eye on his condition. Recently he was diagnosed with a craniofacial birth defect which is affecting his skull growth, eyes, and sinuses. His condition requires surgery by a Craniofacial Surgeon and Neurosurgeon, which are not available in Uganda. We are working diligently to find a program that will take on Derrick's case and provide him with the surgery he needs.
Warrior William did not know what it was like to go to school, and to play without becoming winded. At only 6 years old, he required 4 medications daily to keep his enlarged heart pumping the blood his body needed. Diagnosed with Dilated Cardiomyopathy, Left Ventricular Systolic Dysfunction, and Mitral Regurgitation, his only option for treatment required traveling every 3 months to the heart hospital 6 hours away. The cost of treatment and medication was beyond his single mother's means.
With our assistance, William has received treatment for over two years. With consistent care, his condition has improved remarkably, and he now attends school.
Transportation, medical care, medicine, and meals per hospital trip is less than $100 - that's approximately $400 a year to give William his childhood.
He had been on this earth for only 11 days when diagnosed with Pyloric Stenosis. Baby Amanyire's parents were terrified when doctors at the public hospital told them their facility was not equipped to perform the needed surgery. A nurse at the hospital approached a 2-4 Life Project volunteer about the desperate situation.
Within 24 hours, our team had the baby and his mother in route to a private hospital 6 hours away in Kampala. Just one day later, Baby Amanyire received his surgery.
He spent one month in NICU with his mother by his side, and 2-4 Life Project volunteers tending to their needs, including searching multiple pharmacies around the city for medications when the hospital had no supply.
Total Cost including ambulance transport, surgery, Echo Cardiograph, NICU stay, medications, and more. $3300.00
Living on the dirt floor of a church, Barbara, her two siblings, and mother struggled daily as 5 year old Barbara continued to have seizures, lost her eye sight, and her ability to speak. She was taken to a public hospital one hour from her remote village, where she was diagnosed with a brain tumor. She went without medical care for months because the hospital was not equipped to treat her, and her mother had no money to take her to Kampala, 6 hours away to the only cancer center in the country.
After hearing her story, we transported Barbara to the capital city where she received pain management and a shunt to relieve the pressure on her brain. This was a miracle in her mother's eyes as her child was given the gift of weeks with lessened pain, the ability to eat again, eye sight, and her voice. Her tumor was inoperable so we provided for her palliative care until her journey was complete.
Orphaned, uneducated, and responsible for two younger siblings, 16 year old Peter continuously pushed forward no matter the odds. Three months prior to our meeting him, he tripped in a small pothole in the road - a broken femur. He went to the local government hospital and was told they could not assist him. He then went to a village doctor who set his leg. No x-ray, no diagnosis.
After months of pain and increasing swelling, he went back to the government hospital and was given a cancer diagnosis. Without money, there were no options. Our medical volunteer came across Peter's case and contacted us for help.
Peter required an amputation, then spent several months receiving chemo treatments.