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10-Year-Old Boy in Gulu Seeks UGX 5M for Kidney Cancer Treatment :: Uganda Radionetwork
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10-Year-Old Boy in Gulu Seeks UGX 5M for Kidney Cancer Treatment

Medical recommendations from Lacor and Gulu Regional Referral Hospital require five million shillings for treating the patient at Mulago. However, the family cannot afford it and the mother is crying out to well-wishers to come to her rescue.
10-year-old Bosco Ojok and his mother Agnes Aciro - Photo by Chris James Woo

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Bosco Ojok, a 10-year-old Primary Three pupil of Lelaobaro Primary School in Omoro District is fighting for his life after doctors diagnosed him with the deadly cancer of the kidney.

Early this month, Ojok, accompanied by his mother Agnes Aciro were admitted for several days with the complication at St. Mary’s Hospital Lacor. However, his condition was referred to National Referral Hospital Mulago in Kampala for specialized treatment.

Medical recommendations from Lacor and Gulu Regional Referral Hospital require five million shillings for treating the patient at Mulago. However, the family cannot afford it and the mother is crying out to well-wishers to come to her rescue.

Aciro says that the Ojok’s illness started when he was only five years, adding that the ailment has disrupted his education and clipped his ability to do other home chores.

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She says she is raising the boy with a step-father who is not interested in meeting the huge burden of medical bills of 150,000 shillings required every month to buy medicine that can help save the boy’s life.

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According to Aciro, the medical experts from both Lacor and Gulu Regional Hospital have assured them that the condition can be reversed if the boy is taken for specialized treatment at Mulago.

A group of medical experts are expected to visit Mulago to handle such ailments in children, an opportunity Aciro says would help save her boy’s life if a Good Samaritan comes to his rescue.

She is available on telephone number 0783 365 789, a number registered as Agnes Aciro for Mobile Money.

Kidney cancer begins in the kidneys. If the cancer is not removed, it can interfere with the function of the organ and spread to other tissue and organs. 

Health experts say when detected early, kidney cancer is curable most of the time. They further argue that even in more advanced stages, new therapies and procedures have led to much improved, overall cure rates.