, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 3 – For 12-year-old Benjamin, it all started as a small swelling on his right knee in February this year.
He was treated in four hospitals for suspected Hematoma (swelling caused by a blood clot in tissues of the body) on his knee.
“He got hit on the knee while playing. We took him to many hospitals. He was admitted for three weeks, for months but the wound was not healing. Only when we went to Kenyatta National Hospital that doctors discovered it was cancer,” Benjamin’s mother narrated.
It has been a life-changing diagnosis for the boy who has also been an active footballer and a hardworking student who, despite the condition, was top ten in a class of 90 pupils in third term, despite him sitting the exam at his humble home in Ndenderu, Karura.
“My life has changed a lot. I really miss school. I loved to play football but now I cannot,” Benjamin explained.
Though Benjamin has been on chemotherapy which the family can hardly afford, it has been difficult to administer the drugs because of blocked veins on his swollen knee.
The doctors have suggested two options – his right leg has to be amputated or he can seek treatment in India without him losing his leg at a cost of Sh3 million.
So far, the family has managed to raise Sh600, 000.
“I am appealing to anyone who can help me, please help me so that I can go to India and get treatment,” said the boy who hopes to become a pilot in future.
Being a single mother of three, Benjamin’s mother depends on subsistence farming.
Like the cry of any mother, she hopes she can get assistance to help her raise the remaining Sh2.4 million so that her son can get treatment.
She can be reached on +254 791 758 360, MPESA PAYBILL No. 836325 Account JUNIOR.