Young mother’s growth-nightmare

2015-10-28 06:00
 Photo: nosipho mkhize Thandeka Mkhize from Kwadabeka with a growth on the side of her stomach.

Photo: nosipho mkhize Thandeka Mkhize from Kwadabeka with a growth on the side of her stomach.

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SHE hides in the house with her two children for days and it breaks her heart to see girls her age enjoying life with friends.
Thandeka Mkhize (18), from Kwadabeka, lives in poor conditions and has a huge growth on the right side of her stomach.

“My mother died in 2007 leaving me all by myself. I have never met my father. My mother used to tell me that I have an older sister somewhere in Durban, but we don't know each other.

“Life has been tough for me. I couldn't finish school because of financial constraints and life become tougher when I gave birth in hospital to my second child in 2012.”

Everything was fine when she gave birth then, however, she began to worry when she found a lump on her stomach.
“I had caesarean section for the birth and was fine until I noticed a few weeks later that I had a lump that looked like a boil at first. I thought it would go away, but it kept growing.

“I went back to the hospital and when they examined me, the doctors said they couldn’t understand why the lump was growing. So they transferred me to another hospital where the doctors said the same thing.

“I have been from hospital to hospital, but the problem remains. The lump is growing and is now very painful. I cannot wear what I want and I cannot socialise. I spend my days hiding from the public.
“I am depressed and don't want my children to grow up without a mother. I want them to have a better life than mine.”

Thandeka joined an organisation, Enhlanhleni Isibani Sezwe, in Kwadabeka which assists her with food and clothing.
“If it wasn't for this organisation I would have gone to bed on an empty stomach. They have helped me and my children to survive.
“The organisation founder, Pastor Alfred Ntshangase, told me about Fever newspaper so I contacted the reporter to tell my story.

“I'm desperate for help. I cry every night and day for God to answer my prayers. I don't want to die and leave my children behind.
“I ask business owners, religious organisations and the public or anyone to help me. If I had money I would go to specialists.
“Whoever is reading this story, I ask you to help me.”
“I have seen Thandeka's lump grow and it is becoming worse. I fear for her life because this might turn out to be cancer, but that can only be determined once she has seen specialists. I would be thankful if anyone can assist Thandeka so she can go to a specialist,” said Ntshangase.

The KZN Department of Health spokesperson, Agiza Mhlongo, said the matter is under investigation.

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